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Atom vs NetBeans IDE: What are the differences?

What is Atom? 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.

What is NetBeans IDE? Quickly and easily develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, HTML5, PHP, C/C++ and more. NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers.

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

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, NetBeans IDE provides the following key features:

  • Best Support for Latest Java Technologies
  • Fast & Smart Code Editing
  • Easy & Efficient Project Management

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Atom over the competitors, whereas "Rich features" was stated as the key factor in picking NetBeans IDE.

Atom is an open source tool with 49.3K GitHub stars and 12.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Atom's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Atom has a broader approval, being mentioned in 836 company stacks & 725 developers stacks; compared to NetBeans IDE, which is listed in 62 company stacks and 46 developer stacks.

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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 NetBeans IDE?

NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers.
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What are some alternatives to Atom and NetBeans IDE?
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
Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
Brackets
With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, it is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser.
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.
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Decisions about Atom and NetBeans IDE
Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 12 upvotes · 66.7K views
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Vim
Vim
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
#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’t 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’t 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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Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Atom
Atom

I used to be a hardcore fan of Sublime Text. I am not a coder so I only use it for quick scripts or to play around. I don't spend hours and hours a day within Sublime Text though. However, last year (2017) a colleague, a developer, showed me Atom - a game changer. Love the customisation and overall feel while coding. Again, I am not spending hours a day within but I've noticed I've spent more time playing around and coding stuff since i've moved to Atom.

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Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom

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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Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
AngularJS
AngularJS
Atom
Atom

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 · 37.9K views
Eclipse
Eclipse
Atom
Atom
Electron
Electron
TypeScript
TypeScript
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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TypeScript
TypeScript
JSON
JSON
Docker
Docker
Markdown
Markdown
Angular 2
Angular 2
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom
#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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Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom

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 · 11.7K views
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom

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? 👇

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Kyle Maune
Kyle Maune
Software Engineer at Cooper Aerial · | 6 upvotes · 10.6K views
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Atom because it's been around long enough to have plugins for everything. It is very unlikely that there isn’t a plugin for your favorite language. It’s super easy to install plugins and packages (or to write your own!). The editor defaults are great: it’s the best default setup I’ve 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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Julian Sanchez
Julian Sanchez
Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 8 upvotes · 36.1K views
atChore ChampionChore Champion
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Git
Git
Sublime Merge
Sublime Merge
Visual Studio Live Share
Visual Studio Live Share
Atom
Atom
Sublime Text
Sublime Text

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

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 Muñoz
Gustavo Muñoz
Web UI Developer at Globant · | 3 upvotes · 31.9K views
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Vim
Vim
Notepad++
Notepad++
React
React
Flutter
Flutter
TypeScript
TypeScript
#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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Reviews of Atom and NetBeans IDE
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.
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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 Atom and NetBeans IDE
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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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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!

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Ralic Lo uses NetBeans IDENetBeans IDE

NetBeans is my major java development platform. Used it for scala programming as well. Installed many plugin and wrote