0.3.0, so it doesn’t appear that it’s fully finished yet. Now since it’s Microsoft, it’s closed source.
It has great NodeJS support through it’s
launch.json file. It allows you to define how to launch the process, and it has a lot of debugging tools for once it’s started.
.js.mapfiles generated by typescript
--moduleso you can
requireother files (huge deal for a TypeScript project with more than one file)
Overall it’s a pretty nice IDE, it just needs time.
I used Brackets for a few weeks when it initially came out, although it felt lacking so I didn’t use it much after. However I’ve heard it’s gotten much better, so I decided to check it out again. It’s written by guys at Adobe, however it’s very Open Source and has lots of contributors.
One of the first things I noticed, a lack of TypeScript support. But that was okay, because I was able to install an extension which added TypeScript support (installation was fast, and no need to reload the application). The extension however kept randomly indenting and dedenting lines, which got very infuriating. It doesn’t really have NodeJS support, so no autocomplete on required files.
Atom is GitHub’s new IDE. It was designed to be a replacement for those who used Sublime Text. They launched with an invite-only system, which I was invited to.. only to find it was Mac only. Since then they’ve added binaries for Linux and Windows too.
Again, no built in TypeScript support. However they have a huge (somehow bigger than Brackets) package repository. As well, you can install themes to change the UI. Installation took about 3 minutes longer (and nearly crashing) than Brackets did of the TypeScript plugin. However there were no issues with the TypeScript packageThe default UI is clean, until you look at the cluttered file tree.
If you didn’t get it from the name, it’s just Eclipse with a bundle of default plugins. Installation is a lot like Eclipse, there’s no installer and just a zipped folder. Opening it up, takes a little while and the UI isn’t much better. There doesn’t seem to be TypeScript support. The plugin manager is the same as Eclipse’s, so there’s nothing there for it. Running my program, it crashes and leaves nothing in the console.
~~Sublime Text 2 has been pretty well known as one of the better IDEs for not only web development, but several other languages as well. It has a decent amount of packages written for it, as well as color schemes. ~~
On inspection of the rest of the packages in the Package Control, there’s a plugin for nearly every language you might want to write. As well there’s plenty of themes, so you can choose exactly what you want your editor to look like. I didn’t have the issue of being forced to restart Sublime Text when I installed packages through Package Control.
I originally did not want to review this, due to personal bias towards it. However, I’ll go ahead and review it now. I initially found IntelliJ Community Edition from other Java developers pushing me to move off of Eclipse, which I’m glad I did. JetBrains has lots of IDEs for specific languages (like WebStorm for Web) however all of their IDEs are built off of IntelliJ and those languages are just plugins.
So that’s about it, thanks for reading.