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 browsers.

Some of the features of a typical Code editor are syntax highlighting, indentation, autocompleting, 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 differentiates 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 a lot of programming and markup languages in addition, the sublime editor has features like Goto anything, command palette, 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 system so visit the website to download the application.
  3. Brackets Editor: Brackets editor was created in the year 2014 on November 4th to be precise by Adobe. Brackets editor was created with a primary focus on web development and it was released under the MIT license and 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 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 that was released in the year 2014 on 26th February to be precise and it was written by Github a subsidiary of Microsoft. Atom was written in programming languages like Coffe script, JavaScript, and HTML while it is supported by a lot of operating systems like Mac-Os, Windows, and Linux operating system. 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.


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