Android Studio vs Atom

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Android Studio vs Atom: What are the differences?

Developers describe Android Studio as "Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA". Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready. On the other hand, Atom is detailed as "A hackable text editor for the 21st Century". At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

Android Studio belongs to "Integrated Development Environment" category of the tech stack, while Atom can be primarily classified under "Text Editor".

Some of the features offered by Android Studio are:

  • Flexible Gradle-based build system.
  • Build variants and multiple APK generation.
  • Expanded template support for Google Services and various device types.

On the other hand, Atom provides the following key features:

  • Atom is a desktop application based on web technologies
  • Node.js integration
  • Modular Design- composed of over 50 open-source packages that integrate around a minimal core

"Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet " is the top reason why over 164 developers like Android Studio, while over 514 developers mention "Free" as the leading cause for choosing Atom.

Atom is an open source tool with 49K GitHub stars and 12K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Atom's open source repository on GitHub.

Lyft, Zillow, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Android Studio, whereas Atom is used by Lyft, PedidosYa, and HubSpot. Android Studio has a broader approval, being mentioned in 916 company stacks & 670 developers stacks; compared to Atom, which is listed in 830 company stacks and 715 developer stacks.

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What is Android Studio?

Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.

What is Atom?

At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

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What are some alternatives to Android Studio and Atom?
IntelliJ IDEA
Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
Eclipse
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
Xamarin
Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Xcode
The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
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Review ofAtomAtom

Atom is Github's text editor, at the time of this writing it's still in private beta.

It uses Chromium Embedded at it's core, and integrates with node.js. It provides easy access to extensibility features, including an autocompletion API.

The result is that you will likely soon be looking at an editor that features full node.js autocompletion in javascript and coffeescript.

Everything you see in your editor window is in a DOM. This is akin to Codemirror or Ace. Meaning you get both the benefit of debugging your extensions with a webkit console, and the harm of having dom overhead everywhere in your text buffer.

Since the main editor is essentially a browser, you can also preview html directly in the same window. At the time of this writing you can live preview your markdown like with other markdown editors based on similar technology. Currently it's not possible to preview other html pages in there, but it's likely that this is in the works.

Review ofAtomAtom

Atom is clearly an early look at a new code editor and much work remains to be done to produce a good community, a wide array of plugins as well as improving upon the performance of the product.

That aside, GitHub clearly cares about this product and is working hard to produce something that may well be great. Feedback has been responded to promptly and updates are rolling out to address issues.

The process of producing and publishing plugins is very smooth with a good set of tools to assist in the progress. Documentation is still in progress.

There are still performance problems with larger files and really large files can't be loaded at all. However, this is still a beta, so it remains to be seen what happens here.

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Review ofAtomAtom

Atom is a great editor that feels very familiar if you're used to Sublime Text. The UI is almost copied verbatim and you will feel right at home.

It comes with a package manager built right into the system, with plugins as a first class citizen.

All of this greatness comes to a screeching halt though:

  1. You cannot open files larger than 2MB.
  2. It's built on Webkit so it's slow as molasses.
Review ofAndroid StudioAndroid Studio
  1. It is pretty neat and stable. I find very few issues with it.

  2. This software provides a good base or platform on building apps and has great features.

  3. I prefer this software since it gives me more options in building my app and has no restrictions.

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Full Stack Developer
Review ofAtomAtom

I use atom in every bit of programming from markup, styling to customised autocomplete for python and JS. Nuclide theme is an awesome tool for React Native which is light version of both Android Studio and XCode.

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Founder & CEO at CodeCarrot
Review ofAtomAtom

It is truly a hackable editor but along with that it's very slow and takes lots of memory.

How developers use Android Studio and Atom
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Jeff Flynn uses AtomAtom

Have gone from TextMate to Sublime and now to Atom - in love with it - it's open source, it's got a massive contributor community, and it works well. (A bit slow and bogged down with lots of files, but we'll all make it faster over time)

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Hushed uses AtomAtom

Atom is an awesome editor, fast to launch (from the shell for any directory or per project), great features and plugins for almost anything the heart desires. The only thing missing are Jetbrain's great tools for refactoring.

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HyVive uses AtomAtom

We are using Atom on many of our workstations to be able to have a configurable editor available. It's also provisioned to our Remote Desktops to be able to work with the same tools available as on the Workstations.

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papaver uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

mainly use for building and debugging android projects. used it to test builds out of both unity and ionic. used the plugin version back in the day when i was developing the android app at my startup.

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Sethu Senthil uses AtomAtom

Atom is the most aesthetically pleasing script editor out there period. With all the useful extensions and the unbeatable integration with GitHub, you must give this a try!

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Antoine Praet uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

Android Mobile Application is partially developed with Android Studio (UI Component only) The core is developed with Xamarin.

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Promethean TV uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

PrometheanTV provides SDKs for Android devices and utilizes the Android Studio DE for development and testing purposes.

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MadElf1337 uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

Android studio is the best platform for app development & screwing around with the code Also very user-friendly

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Nick De Cooman uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

Experience with Android Studio in the context of Android Development. Mostly using Genymotion as main emulator.

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Ana Phi Sancho uses AtomAtom

Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later, Windows

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