Atom vs Sublime Text vs Visual Studio Code

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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 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.

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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What are some alternatives to Atom, Sublime Text, and Visual Studio Code?
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.
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—and 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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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.
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

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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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Senior Web Developer at Adjetter Media Network Pvt Ltd
Review ofSublime TextSublime Text

There are many Text Editors and IDEs available for PHP. Sublime Text is the best of all. I have tried other Text Editors, but Sublime does not leave me at all. I'm used to it and keep using till the end.

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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, Sublime Text, 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.

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Ana Phi Sancho uses Sublime TextSublime Text

Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative.Switching between projects is also lightning fast. Clean interface, quick startup, superb flexibility and powerful features. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later, Windows 7 & 8, Linux

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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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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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Dan Ward uses Sublime TextSublime Text

My favorite code editor. So much power and elegance in one package, and more plugins than you can shake a stick at! And the Package Control package manager makes it easy to keep up with them all.

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Hushed uses AtomAtom

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.

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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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A. M. Douglas uses Sublime TextSublime Text

It's simple and very malleable. You can use it anywhere. You can customise it to behave as you want it to behave, look as you want it to look. And you can use it on any desktop operating system.

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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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David Flynn uses Sublime TextSublime Text

We use this as it has some great text editing capabilities and a real time saver for when working on various data related tasks. This is simply a great text editor.

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Cooperative Computing uses Sublime TextSublime Text

We found Sublime Text as the best text editor on the web. It's fast, reliable, cheap and have tons of extensions available with a big supportive community.

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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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