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Atom vs PyCharm: 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, PyCharm is detailed as "The Most Intelligent Python IDE". PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!.

Atom and PyCharm are primarily classified as "Text Editor" and "Integrated Development Environment" tools respectively.

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, PyCharm provides the following key features:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Auto-Indentation and code formatting
  • Code completion

"Free", "Open source" and "Modular design" are the key factors why developers consider Atom; whereas "Smart auto-completion", "Intelligent code analysis" and "Powerful refactoring" are the primary reasons why PyCharm is favored.

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, PedidosYa, and HubSpot are some of the popular companies that use Atom, whereas PyCharm is used by Lyft, Abilian, and Critizr. Atom has a broader approval, being mentioned in 830 company stacks & 715 developers stacks; compared to PyCharm, which is listed in 357 company stacks and 507 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 PyCharm?

PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!
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What are some alternatives to Atom and PyCharm?
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, 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.
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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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.
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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 PyCharm
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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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Yaakov Gesher uses PyCharmPyCharm

PyCharm is our preferred IDE for python apps, for all its simple awesomeness in writing code, as well as the ease with which you can run a Django shell, a web server, or run tests.

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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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Eliana Abraham uses PyCharmPyCharm

I used pycharm for Machine learning. Then I switched back to sublime and I am going to try atom now.

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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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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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Viraat Chandra uses PyCharmPyCharm

Free for community projects... Must try for those looking for Python IDEs. Works out of the box.

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BobStein uses PyCharmPyCharm
  • great editor
  • helpful configurations, though tedious
  • online docs (rival stackoverflow)
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Seungkwon Park uses PyCharmPyCharm

처음 파이썬을 배웠을 때 pycharm으로 배웠습니다. 지금은 빔을 사용하기 때문에 사용하진 않습니다.

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