Sublime Text, a great product for the everyday developer.
May 22, 2019

Sublime Text, a great product for the everyday developer.

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Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Sublime Text

Sublime Text specifically is used by a few of our developers as a preference over other publicly available text editor tools. It is not a mandated tool, but it is mandated that if you use Sublime, a license is acquired. The business problem it solves is specifically geared around the type of development currently being done. For example, if we're actively doing .NET development, we'll be in Visual Studio more, if we're doing more front end, or pet project type work, or working in a language that isn't .NET, it'll likely be in Sublime Text or a different rich text editor type software.
  • The package manager is an outstanding part of Sublime Text.
  • The layout is cohesive and easy to understand.
  • There is active development on the platform to keep making it better, and the releases are consistent enough to keep me happy.
  • It's a lifetime license, which is fantastic!
  • I'd love to see some 'pre-made kits' of packages that make for a particularly great experience in a certain language. ex: 'if you use typescript, here's a cookbook of public packages that are generally installed and are recommended to make your life great!'
  • The releases come out of nowhere, and although I've known them to be reasonably consistent, some update on the progress of development could be nice.
  • With tools such as VS Code, etc. coming out that are serious competitors in the space, I'd love to see some serious innovation around why I can get team members to move over to Sublime Text, above and beyond 'it's just a preference' and 'I'm used to it.'
  • For me personally, it's been a very large productivity booster, but since the license is only $70'ish, talking about ROI on that is almost a little silly.
  • I can't imagine why it would have a negative impact unless the user of the software got confused about what they were buying!
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code
  • IntelliJ WebStorm
  • Notepad++
Honestly they're all good tools, so I'll just list out some features of all of them. I chose Sublime Text above them mostly due to the fact that I'm used to the tool, and 7 years ago, one didn't exist, one was just 'ok', and notepad++ has never been a tool I've chosen.
VS Code:
  1. free!
  2. has a nice interface
  3. good package manager
  4. lots of support from a huge company
IntelliJ WebStorm:
  1. Very very deep integrations with javascript and front end development, incredible feature set
  2. not free
  3. very heavy program, probably makes my computer chug as much as 2-3 visual studio instances
  4. not amazing for anything other than front end work.
Notepad ++ :
  1. oof. uhm. very free
  2. it's like notepad, but ++
  3. honestly I don't think it's a great tool, you probably shouldn't use it anymore.
  4. ...
Sublime Text is incredibly suited for a developer who is working across a large swath of projects. For example, I work in .NET, AngularJS, Angular, Typescript, Java, Ruby, Python, sometimes a dabble of C, etc. For all of these different languages, it would be somewhat onerous to have an IDE that's specific to each one. Sublime Text, and the community packages therein, make it very easy to swap between projects and languages and feel like I'm having a cohesive experience across them all. If you need an incredibly deep integration/build environment (looking at you .NET/C#), then you'll probably want to use the specific tool for that language, a la: Visual Studio, or if all you're doing is typescript, webstorm has a particularly deep/good integration, etc.