Brackets - A modern code editor that understands web design
brackets.io

Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. We blend visual tools into the editor so you get the right amount of help when you want it. With new features and extensions released every 3-4 weeks, it’s like getting presents all year long.

Ephera
146M

Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor.

I really hate this corporate trend of calling everything and their mother “lightweight”. Brackets is built with Electron. So, it’s a text editor that’s as heavyweight as a browser. Only full-blown Java IDEs are even just in the same class of resource usage.

Call it feature-rich, ergonomic, sleek, whatever, but not the only objectively wrong adjective around.

@ajz
creator
26M

Fair point. The thing is that some people buy newer and faster computers, and lots of programmers nowadays don’t seem to care much about programming with older computers in mind. And I get the impression that Electron is seen as hip and easy to program with. Having said that, last time I used Tutanota desktop app, made with Electron, I was amazed at its speed, so it seems that Electron doesn’t need to be sluggish.

@otso
26M

That’s fine. Perhaps it’s justified to not be lightweight. Perhaps programmers don’t need things to be lightweight, and perhaps with the right hardware, heavyweight software doesn’t need to be sluggish. None of these points make it lightweight though.

SeerLite
26M

Bu- But it looks and feels lightweight!

@jwinnie
46M

It has literally nothing that Atom/VSCode don’t have. Why did they even release this?

kvuj
72M

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Stop wishing on monkey’s paws then.

@otso
16M

Have you tried vi(1)? Lightweight code editor that’s available on almost all unix systems.

@jwinnie
16M

Kate and KDevelop aren’t half bad and they’re pretty lightweight, although I personally use VSCode because of intellisense support for a variety of languages.

Are you another itsfoss reader, by chance?

@JohnBlood
46M

Out of curiosity, what brought on that question? (I’m a writer for IF.)

I thought it was an odd coincidence that just the day after itsfoss published an article about open source alternatives to Dreamweaver, where they mentioned Brackets as a code/html editor made by Adobe, someone else mentions it as well as a discovery they learned about recently.

It could have been just that, a coincidence. But I thought it was not, heh.

Btw, thanks for contributing to itsfoss. Is one of the few techie blogs I follow :)

@JohnBlood
16M

No problem

@ajz
creator
16M

Yes, its RSS feed

Same here, heh :D

kvuj
22M

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@ajz
creator
36M

Thanks!

I thought that today my image of Adobe - as crappy and infamous Adobe Flash creator and creator of not so cheap closed-source design software - was suddenly much better after seeing that they released this seemingly nice open source editor. But the 2k+ unresolved issues are maybe a sign that not all is so nice as it looks like ;)

Ephera
36M

Yeah, releasing something as open-source is one thing. Maintaining it when there’s no visible dollar signs tied to it, that’s something different.

It really doesn’t fit into corporate culture to just let devs triage and work on issues opened by randos from the internet.

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