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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 6.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Atom is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.7

Atom

97%
30 Ratings
8.0

Visual FoxPro (Discontinued)

80%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Atom

100%
1 Rating

Visual FoxPro (Discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Atom

90%
2 Ratings
8.0

Visual FoxPro (Discontinued)

80%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

Atom

84%
24 Ratings
6.0

Visual FoxPro (Discontinued)

60%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

10.0

Atom

100%
2 Ratings

Visual FoxPro (Discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Open Source

Atom is great for developers looking for a completely hackable experience. There is a ton of plugins available to you, and you can really build an editor that matches your own personal taste. The performance is also pretty neat and does not impact your CPU as much as the competition.
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Microsoft

Legacy applications already on VFP are a good candidate. If you plan to move to iOS and Android apps, VFP is not for you. Also, in future access to VFP programmers may be limited. You could use VFP as a powerful database tool. I know of many programmers who love to exploit the features of VFP to create easy to use applications.
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Pros

Open Source

  • Atom is highly customizable and allows for various themes and extensions that can make your code easier to read.
  • Atom has many code hinting features that allow users to write faster and integrate with services likeLINT that can clean up your code once your done to meet your internal teams style choices.
  • It's very fast and manages projects well - Accessing other files within a related folder(s) is very easy and intuitive.
  • It's free!
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Microsoft

  • Treat data from files
  • Reporting
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Cons

Open Source

  • There should be a better user tips manual page to learn keyboard shortcuts
  • It would also be beneficial if mathematical and data analytic tools were added
  • it has quite high start-up timing when you open large projects to work on it
  • Sometimes, atom closed suddenly and do not open again
  • It still lacks better options with the previews even though there are already some by users adding plugins
  • It doesn't have self-correct features for lint errors, unlike IntelliJ
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Microsoft

  • Microsoft stopped selling this and stopped supporting it in 2014. It still works on Windows 10, but if you have a problem, you are on your own.
  • The look and feel of screens and displayed text is getting a little dated.
  • It's really designed for desktop/server environments rather than the cloud.
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Pricing Details

Atom

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Atom editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Visual FoxPro (Discontinued)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Visual FoxPro (Discontinued) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Open Source

      Well Atom is open source so the re-new is a no brainer. The only way I would stop using Atom is if the developers somehow made it not function well. Or, if the project got forked to a commercial version or something. Or, there could be the case that development stops or that it was not updated on this or that platform
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Open Source

      I give Atom a 9 because it is one of the most modern text editors built with JavaScript intentionally to allow the editor to be changed and modified with custom functionality that a team may need. I think I would otherwise give atom an 8 due to support, but it gets a 9/10 because of the extensibility/plugin capability.
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      Microsoft

      There are several easy to use and powerful features of VFP that programmers like.
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      Support Rating

      Open Source

      Atom has an active forum and a Slack group where you can ask technical questions. Occasionally, the authors will pop in to answer a few questions here and there, but most of the time, its other helpful users who will assist you. Though they aren't the most knowledgeable, they are at least timely.
      As for plugin support, that differs with each plugin, but as I mentioned before, many plugins are no longer maintained.
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      Microsoft

      Although MS has discontinued support of VFP there is a good community of programmers that are available for help. In fact we have several programmers at Apptread that are skilled not only in VFP but also .NET so that if there is a need to migrate some parts of applications to .NET , it is easy for us to do that.
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      Implementation Rating

      Open Source

      Just download and install
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Open Source

      They are both pretty good; however, Sublime is free to use but on a trial basis. Atom is free open source. Sublime doesn't have the Github integration or a project file browser. Sublime does have a workspace view option but haven't really used it as much as Atom.
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      Microsoft

      We are only using FoxPro because it is the only way to add custom plugins into the software we use to manage our stock. FoxPro is a semi-oriented object language and should clearly not be compared with recent technologies.
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      Return on Investment

      Open Source

      • The tool we use when we need quick fixes. Allows fast, reliable scripting to fix urgent problems in our applications.
      • When applications grow from 5-10 files to 100's, they need to be migrated to a heavier-duty IDE. This can be cumbersome and quite annoying, but is necessary to maintain code integrity on such a large scale (since it cannot be done with the limited default toolset of Atom).
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      Microsoft

      • Positive impact is that the value of FoxPro applications has continued to increase over the years, so we are in high demand for our services.
      • Negative impact is that sometimes you have difficult to support scenarios where you might have to spend many hours to just keep something functional.
      • A negative impact is that this language is taught in very few places, either in schools, or private learning centers.
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