The 4 Best JavaScript IDEs

A programmer or developer can easily be limited by their tools. Though there’s no such thing as a universally “perfect IDE,” an IDE can make it either easier or more difficult for a programmer to work. Depending on your personal programming style, any of the IDEs available could be the best option for you. You can get started with the four most popular JavaScript IDEs available today.



1. NetBeans

If you’ve gone to school within the last five years, you’ve probably used NetBeans. The NetBeans IDE is designed for Java, JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, C/C++, and a litany of other programming languages. Because of this, it’s one of the ideal working environments for those who tend to switch between languages frequently. NetBeans has been around for some time, and it has a diverse and extremely active community. This also means more help for known issues and a large selection of scripts, extensions, and modifications. Over other types of IDE, NetBeans is generally lauded for its built-in plugins and extensions, which can offer considerable functionality. Its built-in profile is considered to be very popular, and it’s considered to be fairly easy to use and intuitive.

2. Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit is the freeware version of the very popular Komodo IDE. Though Komodo Edit may be a light version of the program, it still includes a multi-language editor, auto-complete, toolbox, skins, change tracking, and integration; most of what a programmer should need on a day-to-day basis. And if you feel like making the investment, you can also purchase the commercial version of Komodo Edit: Komodo IDE. Komodo IDE is a simple and easy to use solution that nevertheless offers a lot of depth.

3. Atom

Want something simple, light, and supremely hackable? Then you want Atom by Github. Some programmers truly believe that less is more. These programmers will likely prefer something like Atom; an advanced editor that offers all of the essentials without any of the bloat. For advanced programmers, Atom by Github can easily be configured and “hacked” to customize it. In fact, virtually every part of Atom can be hacked, thereby creating an environment that gives you everything you need while hiding the features that you never use.

4. Visual Studio 2017

On the far other end of the spectrum, perhaps you want something that’s completely feature complete. Visual Studio 2017 is the answer for those who want a feature rich IDE with advanced debugging and an entire suite of tools and features. Visual Studio is integrated with the cloud and it can be used by teams, making it one of the best options for users who need to collaborate with other people. Visual Studio also has advanced debugging services that are specifically designed for mobile apps and similar platforms, offering fast and easy customization.

Learning multiple IDEs can be ideal for a programmer who wants to make themselves as competitive as possible. As an example, there are some companies that work primarily with Visual Studio 2017. But for the most part, an IDE will be a personal preference. To learn more about the IDE requirements that some companies may have, you can look at the job listings at Software Specialists.

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