Sublime Text reviewed by a Visual Studio and PHP Storm user.
Alex Lada | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 15, 2018

Sublime Text reviewed by a Visual Studio and PHP Storm user.

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Sublime Text

At our company various members of our development team use Sublime Text for various reasons. Some, like myself, use it as their scratch pad of choice, as well as to open single files as opposed to entire directories or projects. Others use it as their principle development environment for PHP, JS, HTML/CSS.
  • Sublime is my go to editor for opening random files while I am working in another editing environment. Sublime very quickly handles large JSON, XML, and other data files without a large memory strain.
  • Sublime has easy to use/install plugins provided by a community of users that help increase coding efficiency.
  • Sublime provides an easy interface for customizing the theme of the editor to tailor to your specific aesthetics.
  • The biggest area of improvement would be a more comprehensive toolset for working within a project. I use other editors when working on a full project for their ease of use navigating around the code base and stepping through in a debugger.
  • As a free editor, Sublime Text has definitely provided a positive ROI for our development team. It is very good at what it does. For areas where it lags behind some competitors, it still has the benefit of being free. For a quick development task, it is my go-to editor.
Sublime Text does not provide as comprehensive of a development environment as PhpStorm or Visual Studio IDE. On the other hand, it does not take up nearly as much in system resources, so it is very convenient to use when opening many files or directories for lighter editing. I find that I use it more than Visual Studio Code, as VS Code did not add the benefits I wanted from a full IDE and was not as convenient for lighter use.
In scenarios where you need a powerful text editor, but not a full IDE, I would highly recommend Sublime Text. In that scenario I give it a 10 for its ease of use, power, and speed.

When you are in need of a full IDE, I have found that Sublime Text falls a little short of some of its competitors. It does not have the same array of features as a PHP Storm or Visual Studio.