After tabs vs spaces and programming languages, one of the most controversial conversations you can have with a coder is about their editor. There are a lot to choose from and many come in and out of fashion.

I started with Dreamweaver. Yup, I admitted that. It was a great editor with file management, syntax highlighting and was a stable program.

After that, I think I moved to Netbeans. Netbeans supported everything I needed and a lot more. and although it was large and became increasingly slower, but I was relunctant to switch over and have to learn another program. I stuck with Netbeans for a long time, even when promising editors such as Sublime Text and Coda were coming on to the scene. If it wasn't broken, I didn't need to fix it.

Visual Studio Code

That was until Visual Studio Code began popping up on my Twitter feed more and more often. This editor from Microsoft caused waves in the circles I follow, so I decided to give it a go. It was light-weight and fast, but could be easily customisable with plugins.


You have to be careful what and how many plugins you install. Slow plugins can upset the original reason you use a program – a theme which I feel Firefox struggled with when Chrome became the new kid of the block.