Sublime Text vs Visual Studio Code

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Sublime Text vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

Sublime Text: A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.; Visual Studio Code: Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft. Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code belong to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack.

"Lightweight", "Plugins" and "Super fast" are the key factors why developers consider Sublime Text; whereas "Powerful multilanguage IDE", "Fast" and "Front-end develop out of the box" are the primary reasons why Visual Studio Code is favored.

Visual Studio Code is an open source tool with 78.4K GitHub stars and 10.9K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Visual Studio Code's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Visual Studio Code has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1104 company stacks & 2298 developers stacks; compared to Sublime Text, which is listed in 1399 company stacks and 1308 developer stacks.

Decisions about Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 798.7K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 1.1M views

Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.

Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.

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Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 411.5K views

Since communication with Github is not necessary, the Atom is less convenient in working with text and code. Sublim's support and understanding of projects is best for us. Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface. We use a good theme for Sublim ayu-dark

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 997.1K views

I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!

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Pros of Sublime Text
Pros of Visual Studio Code
  • 718
    Lightweight
  • 652
    Plugins
  • 639
    Super fast
  • 467
    Great code editor
  • 441
    Cross platform
  • 277
    Nice UI
  • 257
    Unlimited trial
  • 154
    Cmd + d is the best command ever
  • 92
    Great community
  • 45
    Package control, modules
  • 26
    Mac OS X support
  • 23
    Easy to get started with
  • 22
    Monokai
  • 21
    Built in Python
  • 21
    Everything you need without the bloat
  • 18
    Easy
  • 14
    Speed
  • 12
    Session & edit resuming
  • 10
    Package Control
  • 9
    Well Designed
  • 8
    Multiple selections
  • 7
    Nice
  • 7
    ALT + CMD + DOWN is the best command ever
  • 7
    Fast, simple and lightweight
  • 5
    Great
  • 5
    It's easy to use, beautiful, simple, and plugins rule
  • 5
    ALT + F3 the best command ever
  • 5
    So futuristic and convenient
  • 4
    Easy to use
  • 4
    Find anything fast within entire project
  • 4
    Simple and clean design
  • 4
    Free
  • 3
    Pretty
  • 3
    Hackable
  • 3
    UI + plugins
  • 3
    Sublime Merge (Git Integration)
  • 2
    Material theme best theme forever
  • 2
    Totally customizable
  • 2
    Color schemes and cmd+d
  • 0
    Const
  • 333
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 296
    Fast
  • 187
    Front-end develop out of the box
  • 153
    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
  • 139
    Very basic but free
  • 121
    Git integration
  • 104
    Intellisense
  • 75
    Faster than Atom
  • 49
    Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
  • 42
    Great Refactoring Tools
  • 41
    Good Plugins
  • 40
    Terminal
  • 36
    Superb markdown support
  • 35
    Open Source
  • 31
    Extensions
  • 26
    Large & up-to-date extension community
  • 26
    Awesome UI
  • 23
    Powerful and fast
  • 21
    Portable
  • 18
    Best code editor
  • 17
    Best editor
  • 16
    Easy to get started with
  • 15
    Crossplatform
  • 15
    Good for begginers
  • 14
    Built on Electron
  • 14
    Lots of extensions
  • 14
    Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
  • 13
    All Languages Support
  • 13
    Extensions for everything
  • 12
    Extensible
  • 11
    "fast, stable & easy to use"
  • 11
    Git out of the box
  • 11
    Useful for begginer
  • 11
    Ui design is great
  • 11
    Easy to use and learn
  • 11
    Faster edit for slow computer
  • 11
    Totally customizable
  • 10
    Great community
  • 9
    Powerful Debugger
  • 9
    SSH support
  • 9
    Great language support
  • 9
    Fast Startup
  • 9
    It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
  • 9
    Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
  • 8
    Can compile and run .py files
  • 7
    Python extension is fast
  • 7
    Features rich
  • 7
    Great document formater
  • 6
    She is not Rachel
  • 6
    He is not Michael
  • 6
    Awesome multi cursor support
  • 5
    Very proffesional
  • 5
    Easy azure
  • 5
    Language server client
  • 5
    Extension Echosystem
  • 5
    SFTP Workspace
  • 5
    VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
  • 4
    Has better support and more extentions for debugging
  • 4
    Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
  • 4
    Virtualenv integration
  • 3
    'batteries included'
  • 3
    Better autocompletes than Atom
  • 3
    Supports lots of operating systems
  • 3
    Has more than enough languages for any developer
  • 3
    Emmet preinstalled
  • 3
    More tools to integrate with vs
  • 2
    VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
  • 2
    CMake support with autocomplete
  • 2
    Light
  • 2
    Microsoft
  • 2
    Customizable
  • 2
    Fast and ruby is built right in
  • 1
    Big extension marketplace

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Cons of Sublime Text
Cons of Visual Studio Code
  • 8
    Steep learning curve
  • 5
    Everything
  • 4
    Doesn't act like a Mac app
  • 4
    Flexibility to move file
  • 3
    Number of plugins doing the same thing
  • 2
    Forces you to buy license
  • 2
    Not open sourced
  • 2
    Don't have flutter integration
  • 44
    Slow startup
  • 27
    Resource hog at times
  • 20
    Poor refactoring
  • 14
    Microsoft
  • 13
    Poor UI Designer
  • 11
    Weak Ui design tools
  • 10
    Poor autocomplete
  • 7
    Poor in PHP
  • 7
    Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
  • 6
    Microsoft sends telemetry data
  • 6
    Super Slow
  • 4
    It's MicroSoft
  • 3
    No built in live Preview
  • 3
    Very basic for java development and buggy at times
  • 3
    No Built in Browser Preview
  • 3
    No color Intergrator
  • 3
    Poor in Python
  • 2
    Electron
  • 2
    Bad Plugin Architecture
  • 1
    Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
  • 1
    Powered by Electron

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What is Sublime Text?

Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.

What is Visual Studio Code?

Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

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What are some alternatives to Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code?
Atom
At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
WebStorm
WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.
Notepad++
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
Brackets
With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, it is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser.
PyCharm
PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!
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