Atom vs Emacs vs Notepad++

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Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 288.7K views

Since communication with Github is not necessary, the Atom is less convenient in working with text and code. Sublim's support and understanding of projects is best for us. Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface. We use a good theme for Sublim ayu-dark

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Pros of Atom
Pros of Emacs
Pros of Notepad++
  • 527
  • 446
    Open source
  • 342
    Modular design
  • 318
  • 316
    Beautiful UI
  • 170
    Github integration
  • 147
    Backed by github
  • 119
    Built with node.js
  • 113
    Web native
  • 107
  • 34
  • 18
    Cross platform
  • 5
    Multicursor support
  • 5
    Nice UI
  • 5
    TypeScript editor
  • 3
    cli start
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
  • 3
    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
    Code readability
  • 2
    Smart TypeScript code completion
  • 2
    It's powerful
  • 2
    Well documented
  • 1
    "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
  • 1
    works with GitLab
  • 1
    full support
  • 1
    vim support
  • 1
    Split-Tab Layout
  • 1
    Consistent UI on all platforms
  • 1
    User friendly
  • 1
    Hackable and Open Source
  • 1
    Made by github. YAY
  • 64
    Vast array of extensions
  • 41
    Have all you can imagine
  • 39
    Everything i need in one place
  • 37
  • 31
    Customer config
  • 14
    Your config works on any platform
  • 11
    Perfect for monsters
  • 11
    Low memory consumption
  • 8
    All life inside one program
  • 6
    Extendable, portable, fast - all at your fingertips
  • 3
    Extensible in Lisp
  • 3
    Widely-used keybindings (e.g. by bash)
  • 3
    Runs everywhere important
  • 3
    Enables extremely rapid keyboard-only navigation
  • 2
    Git integration
  • 2
    May be old but always reliable
  • 2
    Powerful UI
  • 2
  • 2
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 1
    FOSS Software
  • 101
    Syntax for all languages that i use
  • 60
    Tabbed ui
  • 56
    Great code editor
  • 52
    Fast and lightweight
  • 38
  • 27
    Nice GUI
  • 26
    Regex & Special Character Search & Replace
  • 15
    Fast startup
  • 9
    Application is free, and plugins are too
  • 9
  • 6
  • 3
    100% Free
  • 3
    Very Lightweight
  • 2
    Column selection
  • 1
    Awesome autocomplete
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    Open Sourced
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    Cos it's seck
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    Nice gui. are you kidding me?
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    Easy edit on FTP servers (NppFTP)

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Cons of Atom
Cons of Emacs
Cons of Notepad++
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    Slow with large files
  • 7
    Heavy and slow
  • 6
    Slow startup
  • 1
    Most of the time packages are hard to find.
  • 1
    Can be easily Modified
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    Not default preinstalled in GNU/linux
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    Hard to learn for beginners
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    No default plugin manager
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    Can't install more advanced packets

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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 Emacs?

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

What is 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.

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What are some alternatives to Atom, Emacs, and Notepad++?
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.
Visual Studio Code
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