JavaScript: The Best Compilers in 2022

October 06, 2022

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JavaScript is one of the most used programming languages ​​among web page and application developers, also having several frameworks and technologies where it is used.

 

It can be defined as a high-level, dynamic, interpreted language used with HTML web applications. It is also used for non-web documents such as PDFs and desktop widgets.

 

Best Compilers for JavaScript in 2022

 

JavaScript is one of the programming languages ​​that take advantage of compilers for its processes. When talking about compilers, we refer to "a special program that translates the source code of a programming language into machine code, byte code or another programming language", as explained in an article on the specialized website TechTarget.

 

There they continue to explain “The source code is usually written in a high-level human-readable language, such as Java or C++. A programmer writes source code in a code editor or integrated development environment (IDE) that includes an editor, saving the source code in one or more text files. A compiler compatible with the source programming language reads the files, parses the code, and translates it into a format suitable for the target platform.

 

The five most popular compilers for JavaScript are:

 

Visual Studio Core

 

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It is the most used code editor by expert JavaScript developers, as indicated by several surveys and studies carried out in the field. Its main benefits are its lightweight and the fact that it can be fully customizable, despite not providing a complete work environment or scheduling functions.

 

WebStorm

 

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Of all the JavaScript compilers available on the market, WebStorm is one of the most compatible and up-to-date. It has an integration with GitHub and other VCS, as well as being designed for JavaScript and TypeScript.

 

Among its main functions are:

 

  • Refactoring
  • On-the-fly editing
  • Code completion
  • Excellent navigation

 

The negative point maybe its high cost. For companies, it is around 649 thousand dollars per year, while for individual use it can cost up to 129 thousand dollars per year.

 

Atom

 

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In a Linuxhint article, they explain “Atom is a simple but powerful code editor created by GitHub. It is a free open-source text editor and has the best GitHub integration. The best part is that Atom has the ability to easily browse and edit projects in a single window. It's good for running large, complex projects that can use all of its modular features. However, it also has a drawback, that Atom is very resource intensive and even on powerful machines, it becomes slow, especially if packages are not managed properly.”

 

Brackets

 

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It is a free and open-source compiler, which is supported by Adobe. Among its benefits, it stands out that it is fast, lightweight, and comes integrated with a perception interface, which makes it ideal for beginners. Coming with excellent preprocessor support, it focuses on creating visual tools. One of its most striking features is that it allows the user to work on code without opening multiple windows.

 

Eclipse

 

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In addition to being used for the development of JavaScript projects, Eclipse is one of the most popular compilers today. One of the negative aspects of this compiler is that to use JavaScript code, a series of special plugins must be installed. On the plus side, its latest update supports some open-source solutions like Docker UI and Docker CLI.

 

These compilers will help the JavaScript developer to be able to convert the code in a way that is understandable to the machine.

 

At Rootstack we have done several projects with this multifunctional language and we have a team of experts dedicated to it. If you want to be part of this team, just click here and we will contact you.

 

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