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Sublime Text 2 is a refined text editor that's a pleasure to use

Erez Zukerman | April 18, 2013
For a coder, using a text editor or an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is almost a political statement. Even choosing between a text editor and a complete environment (debugger, code hints, and all) is a big choice, and may have a major impact on your coding style, productivity, and comfort. If you're an IDE kind of guy, JetBrains is famous for its highly evolved environment. But if you prefer the simplicity of text editors, Sublime Text is way up there with the very best. At $70, it is also incredibly expensive for a text editor--in fact, it's $21 more than JetBrains' excellent WebStorm JavaScript IDE. But for those who prize a simple approach with plenty of power under the hood, it might be worth it.

Another useful feature is effortless column selection: If you want to add the same bit of text along multiple lines (for example, several closing parentheses marks in following lines), you can simply select a column of text and type your text. Multiple insertions points will appear, and you will see your text entered into several spots all at once.

Sublime Text 2 also has a system of plugins, the most important of which is called Package Control. This plugin lets you easily search for other plugins from within Sublime Text, and download and install them right from the editor. When I needed to add a word count to the status bar, it took me less than a minute to use Package Control and find a plugin that did exactly what I needed. Its search interface uses the same fuzzy string matching common throughout Sublime Text, and is just as quick to use.

Note: The Download button on the Product Information page takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

 

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