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GitHub open sources Atom, their text editor based on Chromium

aojensen (1503269) writes | about 3 months ago

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aojensen (1503269) writes "GitHub have decided to release Atom, a programmer's text editor based on Chromium. Atom is released under the MIT license. GitHub announced the following on their blog:

"Ten weeks ago we debuted Atom, the new text editor that's deeply programmable but also easy to use. Starting today, Atom is available for download to everyone–completely free and open source. Because we spend most of our day in a text editor, the single most important feature we wanted in an editor was extensibility. Atom is built with the same open source technologies used by modern web browsers. At the core of Atom is Chromium, the open source project behind Google Chrome. With that comes all the power and innovation being developed for the web. But more importantly, extending Atom is as simple as writing JavaScript and CSS, two languages used by millions of developers each day."

Apart from being extensible via HTML, Javascript, and CSS, Atom also offers out-of-the-box Node.js integration, a modular design with a built-in package manager (apm), and extensive features such as file system browser, themes, project-wide search and replace, panes, snippets, code folding, and more. Launched only 10 weeks ago, Atom seems to have a well-established ecosystem of packages and extensions already.

Atom is currently available for Mac (OS X 10.8) and can be downloaded from https://atom.io/."

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The race to make an even slower IDE? (1)

Torp (199297) | about 3 months ago | (#46936927)

So they weren't happy with the slowness of java based IDEs, so they did one that carries the baggage of a whole browser?

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