IDEs are tools that help developers to write code. When discussing which IDE is best amongst die-hard devs, it should always include “what it is best for” as well, or you will find yourself enveloped in a blazing bias flavour flamewar before you can grab a hose.
All tools are useful and serve a particular purpose, and depending on what your pragmat-o-meter reads, you will probably also have a preference which will incline you towards one tool and not the other and will make your choice invulnerable in a flavour argument. Here is my preference of IDEs as far as only Widget development goes.
Its a wise choice when choosing an IDE to include as much introspective, autocompletion, compile-as-you-code and code highlighting capabilities as possible to make you productive, especially if it feels painful if you are used to developing at the speed of Mendix. So looking at the top contenders out there, I discovered the following 2.
“Inadequate IDEs lead to fear and frustration. Fear and frustration leads to anger; Anger leads to the Dark Side.”
My colleague, who I shall refer to as Yoda, ended up introducing me to light side of the force; Jetbrains‘ Webstorm IDE. I owe him many thanks as this turned out to be the best choice for what I needed (and more).
Also, when coding widgets you might end up doing some CSS for styling your widget, which is no problem for Jetbrains’ IDE.
The down-side is you have to purchase a license, but I don’t see this as a problem, as Jetbrains is a closed-community and is championed by developers with a clear roadmap, which lends it a more focused application and direction and gives you the value for your money. Its built by developers for developers and I’ll uncover some of its secrets in future posts.
I would also like to hear your comments on which IDE you prefer and why?