Atom

Atom

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7 out of 10
January 30, 2020
In our organization (software house), it is totally developers' choice in the engineering department to choose the IDE of their own …
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What is Atom?

Atom is a free and open source text editor offering a range of packages and themes.

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What is Atom?

Atom is a free and open source text editor offering a range of packages and themes.

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What is Atom?

Atom is a free and open source text editor offering a range of packages and themes.

What is Atom's best feature?

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 8.4.

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The most common users of Atom are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Computer Software industry.

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Score 10 out of 10
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For the cost, there isn't another text editor or IDE that has more features, more supports, and better integration with packages than Atom. It may take a bit to get used to it, but once familiar, it's very efficient and feature-packed. I find that developers who put in the time to get familiar with Atom tend to stick with it for a long time.
Score 10 out of 10
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Our company likes to keep things open, and we don't want to prevent developers from customizing their environment the way they want. Atom seemed to be a lot more open than our existing tools and has good community support on pretty much any programming language. This can create some confusion since adding too many extensions or customizing can make the tool slower than it is supposed to be.
Laura Glover | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Deepshi Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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In beginning stage of project, Atom wins the race against them all. I selected Atom because of its support for many plugins, simplicity, formatting tools, open source control . But for large scale projects, atom is not suitable editor because of its unexpected behaviour in case of large amount of code.
Score 9 out of 10
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Atom supports multiple programming languages with debugging options. Other IDEs also have these features but speed matters. I sometimes feel negative about plugins in Atom but all else is good. PyCharm is very heavy as compared to others. VSCode and Sublime are good.
David McCann | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Not listed is Vim, which is another free-form editor that is in the same product category. Vim and Emacs are both supported on more platforms and with lower systems requirements and similar versatility, but don't offer the ease of use (both being primarily keyboard-only applications).

Eclipse on the other hand is a much more heavyweight, resource-intensive app, geared more towards the true IDE set of requirements and use cases.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Atom is not as great for Android development as Android Studio, as great for iOS development as Xcode, C# for Visual Studio, or even Java with Eclipse. Atom is less-preferred for any of those platforms for me. However, it is my preferred IDE for just about every other large-scale project. I still use Sublime Text Editor for a lot of things, like small projects, quick fixes, one-offs and such. But if I'm going to work on a large web project or C++ code, Atom is my go-to Integrated Development Environment. I don't open Atom a great deal but I've enjoyed it considerably when I did use it. I first started using Atom when a mentor of mine suggested it. He uses it for all his contributions to an open source project that spans platforms, supporting a web application, desktop app, as well as Android and iOS implementations. Atom is perfect for projects like that where you need excellent git integration and the ability to switch between languages seamlessly.
Score 10 out of 10
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Compared to its major competitors, Atom is an IDE that does not run code but on the other hand it is also the one which allows multiple programming languages to exist at the same time, which make certain types of coding such as object-oriented programming much easier than any other product options.
Xiaotong Song | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Atom is the tool that does not run any code but at the same time, it is also the tool that allows you to write different codes. Even though you cannot use Atom on the cloud, but since it is using pure python, it is still preferred.
Patrick Fong | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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As I've explained earlier, I genuinely believe that VSCode is a superior editor in most ways (stability, feature development, the vibrancy of the community, wealth of plugins, performance).
There is, however, one more editor to consider, and that is Sublime Text. Sublime Text I would say it is the most stable and performance of all 3, is written in native C++. It uses half the memory and loads twice as fast. However, it's feature development and the strength of the community, in my opinion, is on the same level as Atom's and so people still might want to pick VSCode over Sublime Text.
Samuel Hadid | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Atom is way more user-friendly than other text editors. However, I am not sure if this affects other aspects as compatibility with some languages or other features as having to save a file with a particular extension for autofill to be enabled for the current work. Still, simplicity and ease of use are higher than the other products.
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I like Atom because it is simple and not too complicated. Configurable, full-featured, yet remains nimble. You can not beat the cost of Open Source, so this leaves software like BBEdit out in the cold. Atom is not as hardcore as Vim or Emacs. Less complicated than full IDEs like NetBeans or Eclipse, which is good for lightweight development.
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Compared to coding programs, I've found Brackets to be more robust. Some aspects of Atom I've found to be somewhat cumbersome (JSON customization when GUI should be an option), but ultimately Atom is a better experience. Other programs like Dreamweaver tend to be clunky and promise more than they deliver. While basic text edit programs may "do the trick," there is no reason to search further than Atom.
Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Adobe Dreamweaver is really meant more for designers who don't understand the underlying code/CSS principles etc. While it's improved heaving over the years it's still rights a lot of extra junk/redundant code and isn't taken seriously among true web developers.
Score 10 out of 10
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Atom and Visual Studio Code are so similar it's hard to not compare them. But for new users, Atom is the clear winner. If you are looking for a clean interface, Atom is the winner. There aren't as many buttons and distractions in Atom which makes it very easy to just pick up and go.
Score 8 out of 10
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We needed an opensource program to tailor it to our needs. It was also stable enough to handle small to medium projects. It had one of the best built-in GIT integration. It has a clean UI. The simplicity of Atom is why we use it to train new members.
Score 9 out of 10
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Both Sublime Text and notepad++ have a long history for being good code editors. However, it's important to realize the changes and growth in the field of text editors, and Atom is simply a lot better now in terms of community and support.
Steven Puringi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Eclipse
  • Notepad++
  • Visual Studio IDE
Easy to use. doesn't require registration or activation, you can use right after installation. has the option of packages to give the IDE more dynamics in terms of development and debugging. Its flexibility just gives it that edge over other IDE's.
Dylan Cauwels | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Atom was a program I was familiar with when starting at the company. VSCode, however, has grown in popularity since I've started, and I might switch over in a bit. At this point, it's honestly personal preference. Both platforms have a large user base and accomplish the same purpose in slightly different fashions. It's up to you.
Matthew Deakyne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code
  • Notepad++
  • TextEdit
Atom is better than Notepad++ in that it can be used on a Mac. I much prefer Notepad++'s integration of macros for text manipulation, though. It also handily defeats TextEdit.

MS Visual Studio Code is better for developers, and may just require rethinking where notes go by default. Atom makes it easier to just take a note - but VS Code is better at everything else.
Dhruba Jyoti Nag | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Atom has many open source competitors in Sublime Text, Notepad++, etc. When we consider the presence of time tested players like Notepad++, the fact that Atom has been able to carve a niche market of its own says a lot about its capabilities. The user interface is very rich and this has helped in its adoption. It is free and has support which also encourages enterprises to adopt it.