Code editors are software used by programmers to edit codes or write codes, and a code editor is every programmer’s best friend. A code editor according to Wikipedia may be a standalone application, or it may be built into an integrated development environment (IDE) or web browser.

Some of the features of a typical Code editor are syntax highlighting, indentation, auto-completing, and brace matching functionality, in addition, they also provide a convenient way to run a compiler, interpreter, debugger, or any other program related to software development.

The features mentioned above are what differentiate code editors from text editors like Notepad and Wordpad.


Below is a list of some code editors that programmers should use in 2021:

  1. Visual Studio Code: Visual studio code is a freeware software that was created by Microsoft on April 29, 2015, for Windows, Linux, and Mac Os. The software was released under the MIT license, and some of the features include debugging, syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, code refactoring, and embedded Git. Visual studio code can be downloaded on the official website, and it supports languages like Javascript, Python, and HTML among others.
  2. Sublime Editor: Sublime editor was released in the year 2008 on January 18th to be precise by Jon Skimmer. The sublime editor is a shareware cross-platform source code editor with a Python application programming interface (API). The sublime editor supports many programming and markup languages. The sublime editor also has features like Goto anything, a command palette, a python-based plugin API, Project-specific preferences, extensive customizability, cross-platform, and compatibility with many language grammars. Sublime can be used on Windows, Linux, and Mac-Os Operating systems, so visit the website to download the application.
  3. Brackets Editor: Adobe created the Brackets editor in 2014, on November 4th, to be precise. Brackets editor was created with a primary focus on web development. It was released under the MIT license and is currently maintained on GitHub by Adobe and other open-source developers. Brackets editor is written in three programming languages, namely HTML, Javascript, and CSS, and it functions on environments like macOS, Windows, and Linux. Furthermore, Brackets is available in 38 languages, including the English language, and its features include quick edit, quick docs, live preview, JS lint, LESS support, Open source, and extensibility. Finally, Brackets can be used with localhost like XAMM server, and the function of the server is to preview the work on your browser, which may be either chrome or Mozilla.
  4. Atom: Atom is a freeware code editor released in the year 2014 on 26th February, to be precise, and Github, a subsidiary of Microsoft, wrote it. Atom was written in programming languages like Coffe script, JavaScript, and HTML while it is supported by many operating systems like Mac-Os, Windows, and Linux. Atom is based on electron, a framework that enables cross-platform desktop applications using Chromium and Node.js. Some of the features of Atom include syntax highlighting, customizable init script, and a keymap to map or remap key combinations to commands.
  5. Notepad++ Editor: Notepad ++ editor is a source code editor for use with Microsoft windows and it was developed by Don Ho and released on 24th November 2003. Notepad++ editor was written in C++ and it is supported on Windows Vista and later versions. Notepad++ editor is available in multiple languages and it has features like syntax highlighting, code folding, limit auto-completion for programming, scripting, and markup languages. Finally, note that Notepad++ can highlight syntaxes of the following codes: Action script, Ada, ASN.1, Assembly, assembly, AutoIt, Avisynth script, baanc, batch files, blitz basics, C, C#, C++, Caml, Cmake, Cobol. CoffeeScript, Csound, CSS, D, Diff, Erlang, escript, Forth, Fortran FreeBASIC, Haskell, HTML, INI files, Intel HEX, Inno setup scripts, Java, Javascript, JSON, JSP, KiXtart, LaTex, LISP, Makefile, Matlab, MMIX, nnCron, NSIS, Objective-C, Oscript, Pascal, Perl, PHP, PostScript, Powershell, PureBasic, Python, Rebol, Registry Script, Resource file, Ruby, Rust, Shell script, Smalltalk, SPICE, SQL,, Swift, S-Record, Tcl, Tektronix HEX, Tex, txt2tags, Visual BASIC, Visual Prolog, VHDL, Verilog, XML, and YAML.

From the following, it can be seen that Notepad++ is the most flexible amongst all code editors here and also note that a lot of code editors have plugins that you must be familiar with before using them. If this article helped you then please subscribe to our mailing list and also share this article with friends that might find it useful.

Igbaji Ugabi Chinwendu, from Cross River State, Nigeria. As a Business Educator, he is profoundly interested in teaching and managing business. Started blogging 2010 and officially 2013. He holds the esteemed positions of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director at Freemanbiz Communication and Writers King LTD, demonstrating his leadership and expertise in the field.


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