The best code editor
January 24, 2019

The best code editor

Miguel Useche | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Sublime Text

Currently, it is being used by the Development team to quickly edit source code and work on it. Sometimes we work with small projects or we need to handle huge temporary files and we use Sublime Text because it offers great performance. Also, it doesn't need to create a project and do a big initial configuration to start to work, just open the app and start working.

It solves the problem of working fast on small projects and handling big files.
  • Since it's coded in C++ it opens super fast! Also, it handles big files without any problem and without overloading the machine.
  • Sublime Text allows me to work with multiple languages in a single window. I can have a different configuration for each tab, so it's a great tool to work with for multi-language projects.
  • It offers a great search tool which is fast, simple to use, and really helpful.
  • It has shortcuts for everything. You can work with just the keyboard. There's no need for a mouse because you can do everything from shortcuts.
  • It's very customizable. You can edit a theme, fonts, colors, etc. You can just download configuration files or themes and improve the appearance of the editor.
  • License price and slow development.
  • It has a single console where all output is displayed. Sometimes this is messy when you have multiple plugins installed and all of them throw info into the console.
  • Some add-ons do not offer good documentation. You install them and you don't know where to configure it or start it.
  • There's no UI for the config settings, you have to edit the configuration files. If you brake it, the editor won't work.
  • It has improved production a lot. Programmers are able to code faster and solve many things thanks to this application.
  • The only negative impact is the initial learning curve. It's hard to learn the shortcuts and start to work with it.
  • Atom
  • Komodo Edit
  • Notepad++
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code
Sublime text is the fastest code editor that's multiplatform. You can have a single configuration file among all OS and have the same plugins everywhere. ST offers many things that other editors don't or do it no so good, like: multi-cursor editing, search anywhere, navigate trough code using only your keyboard.

Sublime was selected over open source solutions because it's fast, it improves productivity and has a great library of add-ons to improve its functionality. It has no competition when working with huge projects because ST won't make your PC slow.
It's well suited if you want to have a fast editor, you work with multiple operating systems (because the license is shared among them), or you want to centralize configuration in multiple machines and work with multiple programming languages.

I don't recommend it if you are searching for an editor that does many things in a single application. Remember that this is not an IDE.

Using Sublime Text

3 - All of them are web developers, they work in multiple projects and use a lot of different technologies.
There's no need for support. Everybody is able to learn and use the software by themselves.
  • Edit fragment of code really fast
  • Edit big SQL files or big text files
I love this application. It has helped to improve my work. Also, I became so used to the shortcuts that It's hard for me to change to another editor.

Evaluating Sublime Text and Competitors

Yes - 
It replaced Komodo editor. It didn't work well on Windows and had poor support for modern languages (in 2012). AlsoKomododo wasn't as fast as Sublime and didn't have so many add-ons like Sublime Text.

I didn't want to replace it. I was looking for alternatives and I liked it so much that I wanted to migrate to Sublime Text.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Reputation
  • Third-party Reviews
I use multiple operating system, its license allowed me to buy a single license and use it on my Windows, Linux, macOs machines without paying anything else. Also it worked amazing on Linux and it's multi-cursor feature (I think no many editors had it at 2012) attract me to improve my development flow.
I think I would do the same tests. Maybe retry it with modern code because technologies have changed a lot since I started to use Sublime Text.

Sublime Text Support

I wrote them multiple times through email and they have replied fast and in both cases, my issues got resolved without any problems. I didn't need to write multiple times. Just one time.
Knowledgeable team
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
My boss bought me the license by mistake. It was with his name but my email. I wrote them to change the licensee's name and they agreed without asking a bunch of questions.

Using Sublime Text

It has a big initial learning curve. At first, it is hard to learn all the required keyboard shortcuts and to know what plugins to install to improve your work.
Like to use
Relatively simple
Well integrated
Feel confident using
Difficult to use
  • Replacing multiple code sections at the same time without using the mouse is really easy.
  • It's elegant to navigate through the source code with only shortcuts.
  • It's easy to search and install new add-ons from the dialog menu.
  • Sometimes search becomes hard to use on complex or big projects. It can include some undesired files and throw more results than needed.
  • Configure projects: there's no UI for it and you'll need to edit configuration files to do it.
  • Debug! This editor is not debugging friendly at all. It has poor support.