Sublime Text 2 and Coda 2 are two of the most popular code editors in today’s time. However, the first one is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, the second one works only on Mac OS X. But OS compatibility isn’t our chief concern, as today we are going to compare Sublime Text 2 and Coda 2 for Mac OS X. But before any further, we would like to tell you that selection of code editors depends on one’s own needs. And every developer would have a different opinion about code editors that he/she use as well as the ones that he doesn’t.
However, our opinion is unbiased and totally based on the qualities and features of both the editors, and we believe that the final verdict always remains in your hand.
So let’s begin.
Sublime Text 2
Sublime Text 2 is a one of the fastest and the lightest code editors you would ever come across. It has many exciting features that a developer would need to write error free codes smoothly. And to make it lighter, its developer has displayed a great presence of mind by releasing some of the required features, which eventually makes it even more powerful, via plugins or extensions or ‘Packages’ to be very precise. The Packages can be installed via ‘Package Control’.
- It has got a modern and colorful interface.
- Full screen support, and uses the ‘Minimap’ feature pretty well, that makes you deal efficiently with files carrying thousands of code lines.
- Distraction free Mode that makes you more focused on codes than ever before.
- The feature named ‘Goto Anything’ lets you navigate between multiple as well as within the files quickly.
- 100 percent Compatibility with TextMate themes
- Auto saving of your code to keep you worry less.
- The Spell Checker doesn’t let you make errors while writing codes.
- Availability of Multiple Selections, which eventually simplifies your task.
- Supports a wide range of programming languages.
- Its license costs $70, which makes it an expensive deal than many other code editors
- It’s not helpful for beginners as it doesn’t have an Adobe Dreamweaver like Auto Complete feature.
Coda 2 is one of the smartest code editors available today. It fulfills what its maker says, “You code the web. We revolutionize that process in Coda, putting everything in one place.” Web Developers can easily term it as the ‘game changer’ in code writing, as it has got everything a developer needs. For example; it gives you features like ‘Live Coda Hints’ and ‘Auto Closing of Tags’, which makes writing codes for the web an easy task.
Additionally, if a developer wants to customize it more, he can use a wide variety of Plugins that helps extending Coda 2’s capabilities.
- Availability of ‘Clips’, which allows the developers to save snippets of programming codes that are used more often. Once saved, the user only needs to drag and drop the snippets into the code document.
- Inbuilt FTP client
- Inbuilt MySQL Editor
- Auto Closing of Tags
- iPhone/iPad Frames in Preview
- Auto completion
- CSS Helpers and Inbuilt Web Inspector, which empowers you to debug your page codes in Preview.
- Live Code Hints makes you finish your projects quickly.
- Integration of Git
- Four different color schemes
- Air Preview (requires you to buy Diet Coda separately)
- Quick, Easy to use and Intuitive Interface
- Users can save their files while working off to a remote server.
- Command Palette is missing
- Syntax modes aren’t compatible between the latest and the previous version of Coda.
- Doesn’t offer CSS Helpers for many of its properties, for example; if you type in ‘transform’, it won’t pop-up with any suggestions or auto completion.
- It costs $99 (though currently available for $75 under a limited time offer), which is quite high for a code editor.
- It crashes down a lot of times, which really irks a web developer.
At first, Coda 2 might look better than Sublime Text 2 to many Web Developers, but after a short span of time, they will find it’s easy and fun to work on Sublime Text 2 than Coda 2, even though its more intuitive, and all credit goes to ‘Package Control’, which lets you add a new dimension to it via brilliant and helpful plugins.
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Gaurav Agarwal is the Chief Editor at xhtmljunction.com . He loves all things related with CMSes but has a special liking for WordPress and its various facets. Whatever little time he finds after following his passion- writing about WordPress, is well spent in reading and travelling. If you wish to know more about the aforementioned article, do refer to our Squidoo lens.