As React Native has become the current trend for building cutting-edge mobile apps, many developers want to get insight into the best code editors that are currently available for the framework. That said, I am bringing to light the best 7 code editors you can use for React Native to create immaculate mobile apps. However, developers must understand that the word “Best” may vary as per their specific requirements.
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Top 10 Editors For React Native Mobile App Development
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Nuclide also offers all features of Flow, like Autocomplete, Code Diagnostics, etc, which is a big plus for developers who have to deal with React Native apps that are primarily written in Flow.
Key Features of Nuclide
Hack Language Support
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Atom, an open source editor for OS X, Linux, and Windows, is a brilliant text editor for almost all technologies. Since Atom has a very large community, a lot of plugins and enhancements are available for developers to build top-notch React Native apps.
Key Features of Atom
Built-in package manager
Allows cross-platform editing
File system browser
Find and replace
3. Sublime Text
Going by Stackoverflow's 2016 developer survey, Sublime Text is the 3rd most popular Development Environment. Sublime offers a lot of packages and themes, much similar to Atom. Sublime Text came into existence almost a decade ago, hence a lot of iterations has been made into it so far, which means it has become a seasoned player in the tech market.
Key Features of Sublime Text
Distraction Free Mode
Instant Project Switch
4. Visual Studio Code
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Visual Studio Code is a powerful and flexible cross-platform editor. Though Visual Studio Code is a new editor as it was released last year (April 2015), it has already gained a lot of traction among developers.
Key Features of Visual Studio Code
Extensible and customizable
Git commands built-in
Code debugging right from the editor
5. Vim Editor
Vim Editor is open source and allows developers to create and change any kind of text at ease. The plugins available for Vim Editor are as follows:
vim-jsx - Syntax highlighting and indenting for JSX.
vim-react-snippets - A set of snippets for Vim to work with Facebook's React library.
vim-babel - A set of snippets for Vim to work with Facebook's React library.
Key Features of Vim Editor
Extensive plugin system
Integrates with many tools
Supports numerous programming languages and file formats
Persistent, multi-level undo tree
Extensive plugin system
Powerful search and replace
6. Spacemacs Editor
Spacemacs is an open source Emacs distribution. Spacemacs is simple for users who have used Vim before. You can also mix Vim and Emacs style in the same time. Since Spacemacs is based on layers, you get additional functionalities with it.
Key Features of Spacemacs Editor
Command line editor
Mnemonic prefixes allows to properly organize key bindings
Simple query system allows to find available layers, packages, et. in no time
Similar functionalities have the same key binding everywhere
7. GNU Emacs Editor
GNU Emacs Editor comes free under GPL license. It has earned the epithet, "the most powerful text editor available today." Emacs Editor is extensible, customizable, self documenting real-time display editor.
Key Features of Emacs
Content-aware editing modes
Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users
Full Unicode support for nearly all human scripts
Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical interface.
An entire ecosystem of functionality beyond text editing, including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar, and more
A packaging system for downloading and installing extensions
These 7 code editors enable developers to create quality React Native mobile apps at utmost ease. However, as I said in the very beginning that the word “best” may vary as per specific requirements of projects, some developers may find other editors better than the ones discussed above.
Have you ever used a text editor for React Native before? Do you really think the aforementioned editors deserve to be in the list of top 7 editors for React Native. Please share your views in the comment box below.