Just curious who here has given Atom a shot. The more I use it, the more I like it. I used to use Vim and Sublime Text (with vim mode), but now I’ve happily switched over to Atom. I strongly recommend checking it out, if you haven’t already. I saw it before, but wanted to wait until it went 1.0, which it did at the end of June.
Here’s a few things that won me over:
- It’s so crazy hackable it has the most successful “vim mode” I’ve ever seen. Most of the time I feel like I have to pick between all the capabilities of vim, or a spiced up editor (e.g. Sublime Text), because the vim mode is pretty weak. With Atom, it really feels like vim, and if there’s something I don’t like or want to extend – e.g. setting semi-colon to open command-mode – it’s very easy to do.
- It took me 1 minute to get PHP and JS linting working perfectly. If you’ve dealt with that, enough said.
- Like Vim, it has a tree-view like NerdTree that I can traverse from my keyboard, and opens buffers (panes) that I can switch between quickly with just my keyboard.
- It’s built using Electron, which is fascinating for one, but otherwise makes things like keyboard shortcuts very easy to understand as its all css selectors.
- It’s so shiny and fun!!!
Interested to hear others’ thoughts on Atom!