I suspect that many folks attracted to programming share this trait, but long before I ever read a line of code, I was particular about my “tools.” I’d spend hours trying different pens, or search all over town for a notebook with just the right size, binding, paper thickness and ruling (dot grid, anyone?). And occasionally I’d find a setup that really made me happy, although I could never shake the idea that there might be something out there just a little bit better.
When I got interested in coding a few years back, the only text editor I knew of was Text Wranger. That’s what this guy at work used, and I thought he must be a genius coder (later I realized that he’d never learned CSS and laid out web pages with HTML tables). I started watching lots of web tutorials online, and it wasn’t long before I saw someone open Sublime Text (he just called it “Sublime,” because he was cool like that). And I soon found that Sublime Text was in fact pretty awesome. You could spend (waste(?)) days perusing all the different extensions and options.
As great as Sublime Text was, though, I always had my eye out for something better. When I finally got serious about coding and attended an immersive program, they recommended Atom, which was the new-ish kid on the block. I used it for most of a year and it has a lot to recommend it: it’s free (which Sublime Text definitely wasn’t), open-source, built by Github. What’s not to like? Well, mainly that it’s painfully slow to start up and hangs often… So when I saw one of my coding heroes using Visual Studio Code, you know what happened next.
Is there still something better out there? Probably! Let me know what you think.