Unboxing the new GitHub Atom editor

The very first moments with the Atom editor: how it looks, how it works, what's missing still.

I got a beta invite, I feel special.


It’s a rare occasion to get to try a new editor that seems better than Sublime Text, I think Atom is bette… Speaking of Sublime Text, Atom UI is almost an exact copy of Sublime, well played GitHub, well played.

The look & UI

Straight out the box:

GitHub Atom editor, dark

The light theme is alright also:

GitHub Atom editor, light

Settings look like this, no more json files (consider that good or bad):

GitHub Atom editor, light

In settings you can search packages and see shortcuts related to them:

Atom editor settings

The differences compared to other editors

Atom is based on web technologies, it’s written with Javascript and CSS, building packages for it is really easy, since these technologies are common to all of us (it sounds easy, I know nothing about actually building packages for it). I think thats the hook for Atom to be really popular.

In a year or so, I really see this being the de facto editor for web developers. Remember TextMate? The editor we all used and loved, until one day, a day just like today, we were all head over heels into Sublime Text.

What’s missing

  • How do I manage projects? Can’t find a package for that
    • Found a package for that here!
  • No SFTP package, it’s just nice to go commando sometimes on small demo sites
  • And probably loads of other stuff also… I just last night installed it :)

But hey, Atom is still in it’s infancy. Looks super promising!

Club-Mate, the beverage → club-mate.fi