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Sublime Text vs Xcode: What are the differences?

Developers describe Sublime Text as "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.. On the other hand, Xcode is detailed as "The complete toolset for building great apps". The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Sublime Text and Xcode are primarily classified as "Text Editor" and "Integrated Development Environment" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Sublime Text are:

  • Goto Anything
  • Multiple Selections
  • Command Palette

On the other hand, Xcode provides the following key features:

  • Source Editor
  • Assistant Editor
  • Asset Catalog

"Lightweight" is the top reason why over 696 developers like Sublime Text, while over 127 developers mention "IOS Development" as the leading cause for choosing Xcode.

Lyft, Starbucks, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Sublime Text, whereas Xcode is used by Instacart, Lyft, and PedidosYa. Sublime Text has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1399 company stacks & 1308 developers stacks; compared to Xcode, which is listed in 1039 company stacks and 585 developer stacks.

Decisions about Sublime Text and Xcode
Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 944.9K 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 · 371K 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 · 873.7K 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 Xcode
  • 722
  • 654
  • 641
    Super fast
  • 468
    Great code editor
  • 443
    Cross platform
  • 280
    Nice UI
  • 259
    Unlimited trial
  • 154
    Cmd + d is the best command ever
  • 92
    Great community
  • 47
    Package control, modules
  • 26
    Mac OS X support
  • 23
    Easy to get started with
  • 22
  • 21
    Built in Python
  • 21
    Everything you need without the bloat
  • 18
  • 14
  • 12
    Session & edit resuming
  • 10
    Package Control
  • 9
    Well Designed
  • 8
    Multiple selections
  • 7
  • 7
    Fast, simple and lightweight
  • 7
    ALT + CMD + DOWN is the best command ever
  • 5
    So futuristic and convenient
  • 5
    It's easy to use, beautiful, simple, and plugins rule
  • 5
  • 5
    ALT + F3 the best command ever
  • 4
    Simple and clean design
  • 4
  • 4
    Find anything fast within entire project
  • 3
    Easy to use
  • 3
    UI + plugins
  • 3
    Sublime Merge (Git Integration)
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
    Totally customizable
  • 2
    Color schemes and cmd+d
  • 2
    Material theme best theme forever
  • 129
    IOS Development
  • 32
    Personal assistant on steroids
  • 29
    Easy setup
  • 17
    Excellent integration with Clang
  • 2
  • 1
    Built-in everything
  • 0

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Cons of Sublime Text
Cons of Xcode
  • 8
    Steep learning curve
  • 5
  • 4
    Flexibility to move file
  • 4
    Doesn't act like a Mac app
  • 3
    Number of plugins doing the same thing
  • 2
    Don't have flutter integration
  • 2
    Forces you to buy license
  • 2
    Not open sourced
  • 6
    Massively bloated and complicated for smaller projects
  • 3
    Horrible auto completiting and text editing
  • 1
    Slow startup
  • 1
    Very slow emulator

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What are some alternatives to Sublime Text and Xcode?
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.
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.
WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.
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.
With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, it is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser.
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