Atom vs Brackets: What are the differences?
Developers describe Atom 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. On the other hand, Brackets is detailed as "A modern, open source text editor that understands web design". With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, Brackets is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser. Try Creative Cloud Extract (preview) for Brackets for an easy way to get clean, minimal CSS straight from a PSD with no generated code.
Atom and Brackets can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.
Some of the features offered by Atom are:
- 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
On the other hand, Brackets provides the following key features:
- Code Hints from a PSD
- Inline Editors
- Live Preview
"Free" is the top reason why over 514 developers like Atom, while over 46 developers mention "Beautiful UI" as the leading cause for choosing Brackets.
Atom and Brackets are both open source tools. It seems that Atom with 49.2K GitHub stars and 12.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Brackets with 29.9K GitHub stars and 6.42K GitHub forks.
Lyft, Typeform, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Atom, whereas Brackets is used by WorldGaming, 4RWeb Interactive, and LifeChurch.tv. Atom has a broader approval, being mentioned in 836 company stacks & 725 developers stacks; compared to Brackets, which is listed in 36 company stacks and 32 developer stacks.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
- You cannot open files larger than 2MB.
- It's built on Webkit so it's slow as molasses.
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.
It is truly a hackable editor but along with that it's very slow and takes lots of memory.
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)
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.
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.
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!
Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later, Windows
Rapid small editions on code and markdown texts. Greate for simple projects with not so many files.