Coding software helps programmers to create reliable code. Here are five of the best coding programs currently available, along with a discussion of which programming languages are best to use with each.
Programmers looking for a lightweight editor that is extremely stable and fast should consider Sublime Text. While the full version of Sublime Text 3 costs $80 at the time of writing, there is also a free preview that coders can use indefinitely (or for as long as they can put up with the nagging pop-up that regularly requests payment). The basic editor is very simple, with a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate, but users have the option to extend the software with a huge and growing list of plugins. Sublime Text supports almost all coding languages. The software is itself built in Python, which is one of the most popular languages to use with this coding program.
Vim is an old favorite of many experienced programmers working in Perl, Python, and other scripting languages. Designed to make code editing as fast and streamlined a process as possible, Vim has no UI; instead, keyboard shortcuts are used to navigate the software. Once a programmer is familiar with Vim, it can help them to edit files extremely quickly. However, the command line interface isn’t quite as easy for new users as some of the other options in this list. Vim is free and included natively with Linux and macOS. It is very stable and very fast.
Windows users who are already familiar with Notepad can get started with programming by using Notepad++. This lightweight code editor launches quickly and supports a wide range of external plugins, including macros. With smart syntax highlighting, Notepad++ is popular for web developers working in HTML. It is free to download and use.
Coding is a fun hobby for some and life for others. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, there are great tools out there to help you. It’s good to stay in the know on what’s out there, in case you need a editing tool for a particular coding language or OS.