When comparing Eclipse Che vs AkelPad, the Slant community recommends Eclipse Che for most people. In the question“What are the best open source programming text editors?” Eclipse Che is ranked 15th while AkelPad is ranked 29th. The most important reason people chose Eclipse Che is:
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Pro Docker runtimes
Pro Custom commands
I like that I can package up custom commands with my workspace and then use them (or share them) with everyone else.
Pro SSH + terminal
Built-in terminal with root access so I can make changes to my running machines. Although I don't use it often being able to SSH into the workspace so I can use a desktop IDE is handy.
Pro Portable workspaces
The workspace in Che includes project sources, IDE and the runtime. So if you hand your Che workspace definition to another user and they execute it they will get everything they need to build, run and debug the project.
Also the runtime is in a Docker container so it will work even if the second user is on a different OS than the original user who shared their workspace with them.
Che does a nice job to automatically map the service:port running in my Docker container (e.g. tomcat on 8080) to the Docker port it actually uses (something in the ephemeral range). I never need to figure that out - it's just made available to me when I run my server.
Pro GIT and SVN VCS support
Projects can be easily imported from any Git or Svn repository hosting service.
Pro Reproducible environment
Pro Merge tool for VCS
Pro Open Source
Pro Configurable keyboard shortcuts
You can configure own shortcuts for many actions
Pro Configurable syntax highlighting
Syntax highlighting defined in separate files, ability to create or edit any syntax.
Pro Highlight each occurrence of selected sequence
Simply select any sequence of characters (even part of word of single character) and you will see highlighted all occurrences of this sequence in a file.
Pro Sorting text according to selected block
Select block of text and sort all text according to this block
Pro Update module
Embedded module to check for updates of main program and all plugins.
Con Windows only
It's not cross platform (but fully functional under Wine in Linux)