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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.

What is Brackets?

With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, it is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser.

What is Visual Studio Code?

Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
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    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.
    cell
    cell is a self-constructing web app framework powered by a self-driving DOM. Learning cell is mostly about understanding how cell works, and not about how to use and memorize some API methods, because there is no API.
    Vim
    Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.
    Notepad++
    Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
    Emacs
    GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor鈥攁nd more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
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    Decisions about Atom, Brackets, and Visual Studio Code
    Jerome Dalbert
    Jerome Dalbert
    Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare | 12 upvotes 60.9K views
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Atom
    Atom
    Vim
    Vim
    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    #TextEditor

    I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

    But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

    • your fingers literally don鈥檛 ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
    • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
    • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

    The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won鈥檛 need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    Before switching to Visual Studio Code, I used Atom. In contrast to Atom, Visual Studio Code is faster, provides more built-in features, and fails less often.

    I started using Visual Studio Code because Atom was oftentimes extremely slow on even basic tasks, and there were bugs that could freeze the entire window if you dragged something the wrong way. Atom also didn't have as many integrated features as Visual Studio Code, so I had to find all of the best extensions. Even with the right tools available, many language extensions were frequently buggy, ineffective, and slow.

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    Jacob Biehler
    Jacob Biehler
    Electron
    Electron
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    I use Visual Studio Code because it is great out of the box, it has an integrated terminal, and support for quite a few languages. As a developer who works with TypeScript, their tooling is amazing in the VSCode Marketplace. The best part about VSCode is that can be as lightweight or as decked out as you want it to be. Even though a lot of other IDE's are Electron apps just like VSCode I find that VSCode boots up the fastest. I've tried other IDE's and I always find myself coming back to VSCode.

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    Atom
    Atom
    AngularJS
    AngularJS
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    Both are very good! But I started with Visual Studio Code when I started to work with AngularJS 4. I tried to use Atom too, but at that time Atom did not have good Angular plugins, in the other side VS Code has nice plugins for Angular. I do not know how is Atom now a days about this, but I think that it must have evolved.

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    Dean Stringer
    Dean Stringer
    at Systemic Solutions | 6 upvotes 35.5K views
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    Electron
    Electron
    Atom
    Atom
    Eclipse
    Eclipse
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    Have been a Visual Studio Code user since just after launch to the general public, having used the likes of Eclipse and Atom previously. Was amazed how mature it seemed off the bat and was super intrigued by the bootstrapped nature of it having been written/based on Electron/TypeScript, and of course being an open-source app from Microsoft. The features, plugin ecosystem and release frequency are very impressive. I do dev work on both Mac and Windows and don't use anything else now as far as IDEs go.

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    Markdown
    Markdown
    Docker
    Docker
    JSON
    JSON
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Angular 2
    Angular 2
    #Typescript
    #Java
    #HTML
    #Sass

    More than year ago I was looking for the best editor of Angular 2 application and I've tried Visual Studio Code and Atom. Atom had performance issues that put me off completely to use it again. Visual Studio Code became my main editor #Typescript files (and partly editor of #Java files). I'm happy with Visual Studio Code and I've never look back on Atom. There wasn't any reason to try Atom again, because Visual Studio Code fulfills my requirements very well. I use it for editing of TypeScript, #HTML, #Sass, JSON, Docker and Markdown.

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    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    Visual Studio Code became available around the time my Atom editor started frustrating with hitching and slowdowns. It was likely some plugin I had installed, but a similar setup in Visual Studio Code ran just fine.

    Since then they've made massive improvements, and turned it into an excellent IDE overall. I use only a fraction of its functionality, but unless you use some very obscure language, you're likely to find support for it.

    Even out of the box it already supports much of what I need, and it now even recommends suitable plugins in many situations.

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    Justin Dorfman
    Justin Dorfman
    Developer Evangelist at StackShare | 8 upvotes 10.9K views
    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    A few months ago, I decided I would try Visual Studio Code. I resisted for so long because I knew I would love it and would then have to find alternative extensions for the ones I have installed in Atom. Fast forward to today and I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

    Extensions that I use:

    What VSCode extensions do you use? 馃憞

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    Kyle Maune
    Kyle Maune
    Software Engineer at Cooper Aerial | 6 upvotes 9.8K views
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Atom
    Atom

    I use Atom because it's been around long enough to have plugins for everything. It is very unlikely that there isn鈥檛 a plugin for your favorite language. It鈥檚 super easy to install plugins and packages (or to write your own!). The editor defaults are great: it鈥檚 the best default setup I鈥檝e ever seen for a text editor. One can download this thing and get working immediately.

    At the end of the day, most modern text editors are great. I do love Visual Studio Code as well! I often find myself switching between the two for no other reason other than just because.

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    AlexFielder
    AlexFielder
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    I use Visual Studio Code because it's better than Emacs. For the past ~2 years I've been working with a language called 'CM' created by a company called CET. This language is around 15 years old and looks a lot like C#. VSCode was the obvious choice for me having come from a Visual Studio (VB.NET C#.NET) background as with the CM Extension I didn't need to learn and/or remember ANY of the Emacs shortcuts. This tool has proven so popular that amongst my fellow 'CM' developers, there are now over 900 downloads of the extension (around 10 of those at least being from my own systems/reinstalls etc.)

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    Vijay Manchi
    Vijay Manchi
    at Yammer | 5 upvotes 56.5K views
    atYammerYammer
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    I use Visual Studio Code because its fast, and has lot of extensions that makes development with many languages, frameworks and cloud services very easy. Also love the shortcut keys and the ability to customize the behavior of the IDE in lots of different ways. Another aspect of it thats nice is that it's very transparent. It allows us to see every piece of code, config etc. without automatically generating or hiding parts of it behind some GUI. So we will be exposed to every aspect of the development giving us better confidence and understanding of how the build, debugging, packaging, testing, publishing etc. works exactly.

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    Julian Sanchez
    Julian Sanchez
    Lead Developer at Chore Champion | 8 upvotes 31.3K views
    atChore ChampionChore Champion
    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Live Share
    Visual Studio Live Share
    Sublime Merge
    Sublime Merge
    Git
    Git
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    I use Visual Studio Code because it is a super flexible code editor that can be customized to function like a full IDE. It has great git and terminal integrations out of the box compared to Atom and Sublime Text

    It has so many extensions and boots up pretty fast even with all my extensions.

    Feel free to checkout my settings: VS Code Settings

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    Gustavo Mu帽oz
    Gustavo Mu帽oz
    Web UI Developer at Globant | 3 upvotes 28.3K views
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    Flutter
    Flutter
    React
    React
    Notepad++
    Notepad++
    Vim
    Vim
    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    #RESTfulAPI
    #Microsoft

    I have chosen Visual Studio Code after testing a lot of other editors like Atom, Sublime Text (with legal license), Vim or even Notepad++ because it is the sum of all their virtues and none of their defects. It's fast, it has all the tools and plugins I need to work, and it's pretty and very good optimized. It has what I need to work and nothing more. And the main plugins works like a charm. Developing for React or Flutter is amazing. Even the TypeScript plugin works great. I like how IntelliSense works, and all the extra tools to code remotely using #ssh, access #RESTfulAPI or event manage projects or collaborating remotely. Thanks #Microsoft for Visual Studio Code.

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    Labinator Team
    Labinator Team
    at Labinator | 13 upvotes 71.8K views
    atLabinatorLabinator
    Debian
    Debian
    Manjaro
    Manjaro
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    WordPress
    WordPress
    PHP
    PHP
    Vanilla.JS
    Vanilla.JS
    Sass
    Sass
    CSS 3
    CSS 3
    HTML5
    HTML5

    At labinator.com, we use HTML5, CSS 3, Sass, Vanilla.JS and PHP when building our premium WordPress themes and plugins. When writing our codes, we use Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code depending on the project. We run Manjaro and Debian operating systems in our office. Manjaro is a great desktop operating system for all range of tasks while Debian is a solid choice for servers.

    WordPress became a very popular choice when it comes to content management systems and building websites. It is easy to learn and has a great community behind it. The high number of plugins as well that are available for WordPress allows any user to customize it depending on his/her needs.

    For development, HTML5 with Sass is our go-to choice when building our themes.

    Main Advantages Of Sass:

    • It's CSS syntax friendly
    • It offers variables
    • It uses a nested syntax
    • It includes mixins
    • Great community and online support.
    • Great documentation that is easy to read and follow.

    As for PHP, we always thrive to use PHP 7.3+. After the introduction of PHP 7, the WordPress development process became more stable and reliable than before. If you a developer considering PHP 7.3+ for your project, it would be good to note the following benefits.

    The Benefits Of Using PHP:

    • Open Source.
    • Highly Extendible.
    • Easy to learn and read.
    • Platform independent.
    • Compatible with APACHE.
    • Low development and maintenance cost.
    • Great community and support.
    • Detailed documentation that has everything you need!

    Why PHP 7.3+?

    • Flexible Heredoc & Nowdoc Syntaxes - Two key methods for defining strings within PHP. They also became easier to read and more reliable.
    • A good boost in performance speed which is extremely important when it comes to WordPress development.
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    Reviews of Atom, Brackets, and Visual Studio Code
    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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    Senior Software Engineer
    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 ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

    Visual Studio Code takes writing code to the next level.

    There is a great community out there, it is open source, it is lightning fast, and it just works out of the box.

    It has a TON of useful extensions that can make the software do just about anything that you can imagine. It has GIT support directly within the software that doesn't require any extra plugins or configuration.

    Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

    I have been using VS code to develop Angular 2 application, it is great a highly support of Angular Directives and Services within HTML tags. It ease the development process of understanding syntax as a beginner in web development

    Avatar of prashannth
    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.

    Avatar of mittalyashu
    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 Atom, Brackets, and Visual Studio Code
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    Mick Dekkers uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

    I love how responsive VS Code is, and the out-of-the-box intelligent code completion it provides for many JavaScript libraries and frameworks has been a great boost to my productivity. We also have it to thank for pioneering the language server protocol, which allows the development of code intelligence tools for any editor or IDE.

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    Matt Welke uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

    Performant, flexible editor/IDE. My main programming languages (JavaScript, TypeScript and C#) have good support in it. Another language I plan to use more in the future, Go, has okay support right now which is improving.

    Also, as a developer who prefers using Linux as a workstation OS, I appreciate it being cross-platform.

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    Promethean TV uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

    PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The Visual Studio Code IDE is used by various technical staff to build software on a variety of languages supported by the IDE including C#, HTML/CSS/JS, etc.

    Avatar of Jeff Flynn
    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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    David Flynn uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

    Increasingly we are using VS Code more and more. It is very handy for working on Javascript, Powershell scrips, TSQL, markdown etc. Often use it's integrated terminals for spinning up APIs, running off tests and running various scripts.

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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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    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!

    Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
    Ana Phi Sancho uses AtomAtom

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

    Avatar of Andrew Watt
    Andrew Watt uses AtomAtom

    My primary Text Editor. Custom snippets help cut down on boiler plate and keep my work flow efficient.

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    Ademir Nuno uses BracketsBrackets

    Rapid small editions on code and markdown texts. Greate for simple projects with not so many files.

    Avatar of Thyago Rafael
    Thyago Rafael uses BracketsBrackets

    Used to code PSD > HTML. Used as a replacement for Photoshop.

    Avatar of Tim De Lange
    Tim De Lange uses BracketsBrackets

    Used for rapidly creating html mockups.

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    WorldGaming uses BracketsBrackets

    Front end and NodeJS development.

    Avatar of Jonas Funcke
    Jonas Funcke uses BracketsBrackets

    Texteditor

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