By Sam Deering

Sublime2 vs Notepad++

By Sam Deering

I hear everyone saying “JavaScript needs a good IDE”… well Notepad++ as an editor is fantastic. But with the recent releases of Sublime 2 it is worth making the switch!


Reasons why (in my opinion) Sublime2 may be better than Notepad++:

  • jQuery Function Templates – this is legendary! if you simply type $.ajax and press tab it loads the template for the ajax function automatically. This works for all the other jQuery functions too and you can customise them to suit your needs.
  • Speed – Both are extemely fast code editors but Sublime2 has the ability to find files, switch files, and find in files much quicker.
  • Platform Independant – It works on PC/Windows and Macs!
  • Customisations – Both can be custimised but Sublime2 has a text based/XML setup very easily changed
  • Auto Completion of brackets – Sublime2 comes as standard when you type it closes off brackets
  • Code at 1000 feet – The scrollbar on the right is bigger and has a visual view of the code
  • Smart Tab Change – when you create a new code you can tab through the values and it takes you straight there for quick edit.
  • Mutiple Edit – You can also select multiple areas and edit them at the same time with mutiple cursors.

See the full list of Sublime 2 features.

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  • Parta

    seems nice… but Sublime2 costs $$. Notepad++ is free

    • jquery4u


      Sublime2 is currently in Beta and free to use. Yes you are prompted to buy every now and then but as far as I can see that is the only limitation.

  • AkaSuap

    What about “komodo edit” ? it’s free.

    • jquery4u


      Surprisingly never heard of it, just installing it now! Will keep you posted.

  • Kevin

    One is free, like freedom, the other is closed source.

  • I am testing Sublime2 and i am testing a long php code, sublime gives me “GOTO SYMBOL” that is priceless for a big code. Sadly, notepad++ had functionlist years ago (not the plugin does not work at all).
    Also the tabs are clear,, what’s i hate from notepad++ is that tabs are grayed, so if i have 30 tabs open (in a wide screen) then it is a pain to pick one visually.

  • rassel

    beautiful design of sublime vs functionality realized in notepad ++ many years ago in plugins. Think sublime2 overpriced, I used both, now back to notepad ++, I don’t want to spend years learning sublime2 commands and coding just to stack on some propriatary hipstery product

    • Avindra Goolcharan

      > some propriatary hipstery product

      That’s exactly what it looked like to me. But after using it for some time, I can confidently say it’s my new favorite editor and well worth the praise.

  • in fact, Sublime is a really nice Editor, but now im back to Notepad++ again.

    • Hi eD, any particular reason?

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