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I love Jetbrains Webstorm
Recently I began working on two different Angular projects for enterprise clients. At the time I myself was a full-stack Visual Studio Code developer, utilizing its versatility for both front and back end development on my projects. It wasn’t until I saw a colleague using Jetbrains Webstorm that I began to question whether I should be using a real IDE instead of a simple but extensible text editor. So my curiosity peaked and I caved into trying out Webstorm for the advanced front end development in Angular.
I was shocked, it was an experience quite like when you’re walking through a store, and you see an item you’ve never seen before yet wonder how you’ve lived this long without it. Webstorm is exactly like that experience, over and over again each time you write code with it.
Want to generate an angular schematic or template file in Webstorm? Simply right-click on the project navigator and select generate schematic. The IDE handles the rest. Want this same functionality in VS Code? There’s a plugin for that, but you need to download, install, and reload your VS Code instance to get started using it in your projects. Now, what happens when you start using VS Code to write PHP code? Now you have a plugin that lets you right-click and generate angular schematics….but in your PHP project? You might be saying, but ya you can turn on/off plugins at a workspace basis. That’s precisely my point here, VS Code is too generic, its the end all be all of text editors for any type of text file.