JavaScript programmers have many good tools to choose fromโ€”almost too many to keep track of. In this article, I discuss 10 text editors with good support for developing with JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS, and for documenting with Markdown. Why use an editor for JavaScript programming instead of an IDE? In a word: speed.

The essential difference between editors and IDEs is that IDEs can debug and sometimes profile your code, and they have support for application lifecycle management (ALM) systems. Many of the editors discussed here support at least one version control system, often Git, so that criterion is less of a differentiator between IDEs and editors than it used to be.

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