Honestly, how often do you hear that question? Because I do hear it a lot, and it drives me nuts. What’s so important in tools you use? Why is your new, shiny shovel, made out of carbonated steel better, from my old, rusty one? It does it’s job, right? Why people focus on their gear so much, instead of what they can achieve with it? And that’s what I’m going to share my thoughts on today.
Editor, IDE, terminal, plugins. You can hear people arguing about their favorite… exactly, about what? I can’t call IDE an editor, because that’s going to start the storm, the storm of hate. And I won’t lie, I was involved in this kind of storms so many times. But fortunately, I always was on the exact opposite to those people.
Going back to the question. What Editor do I use? I use Atom. Why you may ask? Because it’s nice and lightweight. I use no plugins (except syntax highlighting), I just use it as my text editor. I used Sublime Text, I used VSC. I used notepad++. You know why I switched? Answer is — I don’t know. And I don’t care. VSC is too advanced. notepad++ has awful design. Sublime Text is great, but I couldn’t find the right template for it. Doesn’t it sound ridiculous? I bet it does. The only reason I chose Atom was one, single template I’ve found. All I need is block of text, on nice, background, that wont make me squeeze my eyes. That’s it. That wasn’t something Sublime could offer me, that wasn’t something VSC beta could do so either.
But let’s get this clear, because I may sound a bit like a hypocrite; I’m not saying, Atom is better from any of mentioned above. I’m not saying you should use it. All I do say is; don’t focus on tools, focus on benefits, you could potentially get out of using them. You got to deliver the product, it’s not a fashion competition, where you’re being judged by your workspace. You got to do your work, and what you gonna use for that — is your business*. Seriously. Nobody cares about your editor, nobody cares about what toilet paper you use. Use what you need.