Atom your new best friend

Until two months ago I was a heavy Emacs user. I’d use for taking notes, blogging, programming (even Java), you name it. But then I saw a Facebook’s F8 presentation and there they mentioned Nuclide a new IDE built as a series of plug-ins on top of Atom.

I saw a lot of resemblances between Atom and Emacs. They are both open source, extremely hackable, have tons of add-ons and are amazingly fast. For the first time my beloved editor had some serious competitor.

I decided to give it a try and discovered that it took me maybe two days to feel at home in Atom. I found myself very productive very soon, plus I discovered that a lot of the functionality I’ve written over the years for Emacs where there already. In short here are some of my reasons for making the switch:

  • Javascript is easier for me to hack than lisp
  • Modern UI. Granted Emacs was born as a console editor therefore lacks all the glitter
  • Fonts render better (this is very important if you spend a sizable amount of your day in the editor)
  • Lots, and I mean lots of packages and very active development
  • CUA mode works as expected in all conditions
  • Search for files and folders is awesome
  • Great support for all modern languages
  • Plenty more!

Don’t get me wrong, I still miss some of the features that Emacs has but I think Atom is the future.

Let me know what you think in the comments section.

Author: bluescreen, Tags: Tools , comments
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