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As we know, our favorite IDE can become an unparalleled ally when it comes to undertaking an agile workflow entailing TypeScript compilation at runtime, static type checking and introspection, and code completion and visual assistance for debugging and building our app. In this article, we will compare WebStorm vs Angular IDE for Angular coding. So let’s get started.

Angular IDE

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Angular IDE provides a complete solution for Angular development with TypeScript. You can expect quick project building, fast as-you-type validation (including TSLint warnings) in TypeScript files and immediate content assist.

Angular IDE is based on vendor libraries, so all validation results will match those of the command line tooling. TypeScript, TSLint or Angular Ahead-of-Time compilation will all yield the same results. You will get strict type checking within Angular HTML templates, various TSLint quick fixes and so much more.

Features Available on Angular IDE:

  • Advanced coding of HTML templates with validation and auto-complete
  • Optimized for developers to make the most of Angular
  • Real-time validation and display of errors as you type code
  • Auto-completion of code across your project
  • Syntax-aware source coloring and occurrence highlighting
  • Block and full-file formatting with advanced settings
  • Built first for tsconfig.json management
  • View and explore variable values
  • Inject TypeScript code for evaluation
  • CodeLive for Angular — allows exploring live component
  • Angular-CLI Integration
  • Angular Source Navigation
  • Powerful navigation and refactoring
  • TypeScript compiler
  • Code completion in Angular components and templates
  • Auto imports in TypeScript
  • This IDE is an absolute blast to use for TypeScript development

Licensing

This is a freemium IDE — 8 days per month for free. You will have unlimited access to Freebie features & Access to Pro features — capped at 8 days per month, enough for real work. This IDE Is available under Three licenses: Free, Personal ( $28/year ) & Commercial ( $48/year).  

 

WebStorm

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WebStorm comes with built-in support for TypeScript out of the box. WebStorm’s JavaScript language support is top notch. WebStorm implements a built-in transpiler with support for file watching, so you can compile your TypeScript code into pure vanilla JavaScript without relying on any third-party plugins.

Features Available In WebStorm

  • Uses mnemonic bookmarks for quick navigation
  • Problems view has a simple toolbar filter to enable showing project level error
  • You can Find usages even in comments/documentation
  • You can navigate from HTML template to TS class
  • package.json – content assist in dependencies suggests both packages and versions
  • Better looking source by using font ligatures
  • Zero latency typing mode
  • Angular-CLI Integration
  • Angular Source Navigation
  • TypeScript compiler
  • Auto imports in TypeScript

Licensing

WebStorm is not a freemium IDE. You only get 30 days Trial. This IDE Is available under Three licenses: Personal ( $59/year ), Commercial ( $129/year), and All Products pack — which will cost you $649/year.

 

Let’s Compare both IDEs

Angular:

  • Angular IDE supports latest version of Angular
  • Angular IDE has better and affordable pricing options
  • Angular IDE is specifically built for Angular development
  • Angular IDE offers CodeLive feature, which will boost your Angular development
  • You can easily create local development environment with few clicks using GUI.
  • Great GUI Interface for creating components, services & pipes
  • Font ligatures support is not available

WebStorm:

  • WebStorm pricing is higher
  • No CodeLive feature available In WebStorm
  • You can create local environment using Angular CLI but no GUI option available
  • Better looking source by using font ligatures is a plus 

Which IDE to choose?

You can surely use any IDE of your preference, but Angular IDE is more affordable and has more exclusive features than Webstorm, which will facilitate your work a lot because the suggested configuration will help you avoid mistakes and save time on typing, running, and debugging your code.

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