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Sublime Text uses TextMate's syntax declaration files to support new languages, has all its menus and keybindings generated from JSON files, and can be scripted to add new features using Python. If Sublime Text doesn't support a desired language or feature, it's usually not long before someone implements it themselves - examples include the plugin package manager and the 'open in browser' command. See More
There's no contextual reference for autocomplete and autosuggest; the IDE offers little intelligence on classes, return types and other language cues. There's a few packages that add a little to code completion, such as SublimeCodeIntel (adds Jump to Symbol Definition, Import/Package autocomplete and function signature tooltip). But none so far take context and visibility into consideration. Works great for small projects, but can be hellish to work when you have hundreds of classes. See More
Multiple cursors & column selection allow versatile ways of editing. ctrl + d will select the current word and each time the command is repeated add the next occurence of the word to the selection. ctrl + click or middle-mouse click will place another cursor in the place that's clicked. Cursors can then be controlled together. This also allows selecting vertically. ctrl + shift + l will place a cursor on every highlighted line. See More
Sublime Text, while being lighter-weight than an IDE, still supports many IDE features. Text from the current file is used to provide autocomplete Project Support (folder browsing, scoped history, build-system declarations) Refactoring support is emulated through multi-select, project-wide find & replace, and regular expression search Syntax-aware selection and GoTo for quickly jumping to locations in the project Snippets & Macros A Python console for everything else See More
As Atom is still relatively new, it's missing nice little touches that other text editors have implemented over the years. From simple ease of use things like middle-mouse button multi-cursor select to the ways pasted information from a spreadsheet is interpreted in multi-select situations. See More
Installing Atom adds two command line commands - atom and apm. The first one runs the application itself and the second one is the Atom Package Manager that's used to add and remove various components from the package listing. While these features can be set up with other editors as well, Atom takes care of them out of the box. See More
Due to its modular design almost any aspect of the editor can be changed. Even seemingly core packages like the one's taking care of search and replace functionality can be forked on GitHub, changed and replaced in the editor. The Documentation for creating new plugins is also great and thus it's easier for developers ti jump in and create plugins for Atom. See More
Vi/vim exists on almost all Unix-like platforms, it is the de-facto Unix editor, and is easily installed on Windows. All you need to make it work is a text-based connection, so it works well for remote machines with slow connections, or when you're too lazy to set up a VNC/Remote Desktop connection. See More
There's no need to reach for the mouse or the ctrl/alt buttons again. Everything is 1 or 2 key presses away with almost 200 functions specifically for text editing. Vim does support the mouse, but it's designed so you don't have to for more efficient usage. Versions of vim like gVim or MacVim still allow you to use the mouse and familiar platform shortcuts. That can help ease the learning curve and you'll probably find you won't want to, or need to, use the mouse after a while. See More
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