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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Atom is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • WebStorm is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • Atom and WebStorm are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.7

Atom

97%
30 Ratings
9.2

WebStorm

92%
28 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Atom

100%
1 Rating
10.0

WebStorm

100%
1 Rating

Usability

9.0

Atom

90%
2 Ratings
10.0

WebStorm

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.4

Atom

84%
24 Ratings
9.4

WebStorm

94%
16 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Atom

100%
2 Ratings
10.0

WebStorm

100%
1 Rating

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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JetBrains

Webstorm is the best JS and Front-End IDE I've ever used. It's simple, easy to learn, and really helpful when working on larger projects. It's not really suited when you just want to make quick edits as it takes a while to load the files/project in. It's a great IDE, but I never use it as a code editor - I use it when I plan on working on something for 20+ minutes, if I need to do something quickly I just use VS Code or Atom both of which are more of a code/text editor solutions, rather than full-fledged IDEs like Webstorm.
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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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JetBrains

  • Includes a built in spell checker to eliminate time wasted searching for small mistakes.
  • Provides a drop down menu of options complete with keyboard shortcuts that allow for streamlined programming.
  • Identifies when variables are named differently, allowing for cohesive work without the scrolling.
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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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JetBrains

  • The popup file search sometimes frustrates me. It caps the number of results, and sometimes it isn't clear that it simply stopped looking. I also used to have trouble finding string occurrences that I knew were in my project, but I think they've made improvements in this area recently.
  • Being a AAA IDE, WebStorm can be a memory hog. If I don't kill it every few days, it can get really slow. I would love to see performance improvements.
  • Speaking of performance, WebStorm can take a long time to launch. I'd like to see improvements in launch times.
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Pricing Details

Atom

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Atom 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

    WebStorm

    Starting Price

    $6.9 per month

    Editions & Modules

    WebStorm editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Individual$691
    Business$1592
    Bussiness$15.903
    Individual$6.904

    Footnotes

    1. per year
    2. per year per user
    3. per month per user
    4. per month

    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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    JetBrains

    It's an irreplaceable part of my toolkit and isn't that expensive per year.
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    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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    JetBrains

    It's easy to teach new users the extreme basics to get them working, then let them figure out little tips, tricks, shortcuts, refactorings, and other features on their own.
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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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    JetBrains

    I gave this rating because I have never needed their customer support, which is the highest level of support I suppose. When a product works just fine out of the box and everything you may need is well documented, it's a paradise for the customer. But I've seen some questions asked on their portal, and I've seen thorough answers given to the questions and the willingness to support the customer with follow-ups and everything else.
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    Implementation Rating

    Open Source

    Just download and install
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    JetBrains

    Highly recommend the JetBrains Toolbox, it remembers your recent projects and launches from the task bar.
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    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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    JetBrains

    VS Code is free and more popular. Popularity helps in that you can do pair programming more easily because you all use the same [tool]. It's also easier when trying to guide someone (especially a junior developer). However, Webstorm comes with more out-of-the-box and is generally faster and more effective. Webstorm has been around for many more years as well.
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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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    JetBrains

    • We paid full price after the 30 day trial, and that was for the entire year. I think our ROI was just after a month. WebStorm saved us a bunch of time debugging, or configuring otherwise. This just worked out of box, and I think we have made very minimal changes to the default configuration.
    • The negative side of it is that we are now addicted to this editor. It would be very difficult for us to move to any other editor.
    • If we ever start coding in other languages (which I expect is very soon), then we need to buy other intellij editors, which is additional cost. So in future we are expecting a larger bill :|
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