A text editor for general analytics workflows made easy
August 04, 2019

A text editor for general analytics workflows made easy

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Atom

Atom is being used by my team as one of the primary text editors for data analytics and machine learning workflows when it comes to making modifications to code and writing analytic SQL queries. The primary business problem it addresses is a cross-platform analytics tool that all our team members can use to make changes to code. It also allows for plugin extensibility, and thereby reduces the amount of friction when sharing text and code that needs highlighting.
  • Extensibility via plugins.
  • Code highlighting in various languages.
  • Cross-platform support.
  • User-support.
  • Bug and crash handling.
  • Lagging when connected to a server.
  • It's increased developer productivity.
  • Better bug handling and detection.
  • We have the capability to use different languages seamlessly through file extension.
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.
Atom is relatively open-source, as much as it was created by GitHub. They have since been purchased by Microsoft, so there isn't as good of support for this editor that was originally intended to be open-source anyway.
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.
Atom is well-suited when you need a cross-platform text editor that is basic and highlights code well. This is not an integrated development environment, and therefore you should focus on finding one of those programs instead if your goal is to have a whole testing, run, and automation suite. This works well for rudimentary editing supported by external tools that do running or testing.