For nearly a decade now, Node.js has been flourishing immensely among programmers and developers. Node.js being highly efficient, lightweight, and data-intensive real-time application were major factors in the contribution to its popularity. Many tech giants such as Groupon, IBM, LinkedIn, GoDaddy, SAP, Voxer, Microsoft, Netflix, and PayPal have been known to use Node.js. It has the ability to handle contemporaneous connections when needed for effective performance and speed.
Because of the ample number of IDEs and text editors out there, we made our top picks for the best IDEs for Node.js. You can visit the previous list of the top IDEs for Node.js here.
Top 10 IDE for Node.js
#1. Visual Studio Code
Though released only in 2015, Visual Studio Code has become the most popular environmental tool for users. According to a survey in 2018 by the Q&A programmers site Stack Overflow, Visual Studio Code was voted to be the most used source code editor in 2018 with 34.9% using it. Visual Studio Code is also a free and open source. It offers assistance for syntax highlighting, debugging, embedded Git Control, snippets, and code refactoring. Visual Studio Code is available for all major platforms and is a lightweight text editor, two of the greatest needs of programmers.
#2. Eclipse Che
Eclipse Che is a cloud integrated development environment. It was developed by the Eclipse enterprises and initially released at the end of March 2016. It is mainly used by teams and organizations because of it being a cloud IDE. Along with providing a browser-based IDE, plugins for tools, languages, and frameworks, and workspaces inclusive of runtimes and IDEs, Eclipse Che also has RESTful workspace server and SKD for creating assemblies and plugins. It is available in two modes; Single-user that is mainly suited for a PC environment and Multi-user that is mainly meant for organizations and developer working in teams.
#7. IntelliJ IDEA
#8. Komodo IDE
WebMatrix is a simple and incredibly lightweight IDE for windows. It is created by Microsoft and supports web development using Node.js with features including built-in templates, code completion, and publishing to the cloud. It is ideally used for ASP.NET sites and even CSS, HTML and PHP. It has an in-built Node.js template for web applications and websites using OAuth, Express, routing, and others.
Koding is an open-source, cloud-based IDE that comes with features such as syntax highlighting, auto indenting, workspace, keyboard shortcuts, collapsible panes, code preview using built-in browser and code folding. This IDE is used for developing applications using PHP, RUBY, Node.js and many more. It is an excellent tool for developers that work in large teams.
Codenvy offers a variety of versions for different price variations. It also provides cloud workspaces to write, run and debug for app developers and web designers. The availability of cloud workspaces for dev teams makes developing code with portable docker runtimes possible. The dev mode comes in handy while configuring the runtime, injecting root-privileged terminal, SSH access, language services followed with a debugger.
With a plethora of IDEs, usage of Node.js has become popular among developers. It is extremely easy to create real-time web applications such as chat applications. I hope that you found the list helpful to identify the best IDE for Node.js. Also, if you feel that there are more popular IDEs than the ones we have mentioned, share it with us in the comments section below.
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