Superior Search Capabilities and Rapid File Switching
February 01, 2019

Superior Search Capabilities and Rapid File Switching

Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Sublime Text

I use Sublime Text for software development as well as quickly searching the filesystem, finding particular information I'm looking for and performing batch operations on files. The business problem it addresses is being a useful tool that can supplement my primary software development in the preferred platform for the project I'm working on. For instance, when I'm using Android Studio to develop Android apps, or Xcode to develop iOS apps, I often have Sublime Text open as well for its superior search capabilities and overall ease of use. I may use Android Studio or Xcode much of the time, but I find myself regularly switching to Sublime Text for features like Find & Replace.
  • Great for web development. This is where Sublime really shines, although it supports so many other languages that it can be used for just about anything.
  • Great plugins with things like Git integration. Customization for your preferred workflow.
  • Amazing Find & Replace and search capabilities.
  • With the use of plugins, you can streamline development to put common tasks on macros and really cut down on repetitive tasks.
  • Sublime Text is not my first choice for Java development simply because it is so lightweight, and there are more robust, full-featured Java IDEs out there like NetBeans and Eclipse.
  • Sublime Text is also not my go-to for a standalone IDE for most projects. I might use it as a standalone for a web project, but overall I prefer to use Sublime Text as a supplement to another more full-featured IDE.
  • Sublime Text has helped me to focus on specific tasks, cutting out the clutter that many other IDEs have. As such, it has helped me be a more productive employee because I don't get dazed by hundreds of buttons. I can focus on just the code.
  • Sublime Text is so affordable that it's a no-brainer to have an extra tool in your toolset.
  • The Search features of Sublime Text are so useful that it has saved me a great amount of time compared to using Find & Replace menus in Xcode, Android Studio, or Eclipse.
I have used just about every text editor there is that is free or has a free trial to evaluate. Text editors are very important to me as a software developer and over the years, I've made it a point to try out a great many of them. I do love Sublime Text Editor on Windows. And I loved TextMate on Mac. But once I made the transition to Sublime, I never looked back. Sublime Text does everything right. It provides all the features I look for, with a simple, uncluttered user interface, and extremely fast performance. My ability to zip around files using hotkeys is unparalleled in any other text editor I've found, except maybe Vim or Emacs, but those require such an arcane buy-in to build up the muscle memory. I still have a soft spot for Vim, and I have friends who swear by Emacs and who I can watch blazing around from file to file. But to me, Sublime remains my first choice for a software text editor simply for its clean interface and excellent file browsing and search features.
Sublime Text is excellent for when you want a lightweight, extremely fast, snappy, and simple text editor that still has enough features that you can achieve more complex software development tasks. It is not well-suited for a full IDE ecosystem like you find with NetBeans or Eclipse. It is also not suited for Android or iOS development on its own. You'll want to use Android Studio or Xcode, and use Sublime Text as a supplement to these bigger platforms. What's nice about Sublime Text is that it has such a simple user interface that it can help psychologically for focusing on the code. It can eliminate clutter and distraction. It is also so fast that it just feels snappy and not clunky or bloated like many other IDEs.