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Atom vs Atom-IDE: What are the differences?


Atom is a highly customizable text editor that can be used for coding and writing. Atom-IDE, on the other hand, is an extension package for Atom that adds IDE-like features to the text editor. In this Markdown code, we will explore the key differences between Atom and Atom-IDE.

  1. Language Support: Atom has built-in support for a wide range of programming languages, while Atom-IDE goes a step further by providing language-specific features such as autocomplete, code linting, and code navigation. Atom-IDE allows developers to have a more tailored and efficient coding experience for specific programming languages.

  2. Integrated Debugging: Unlike Atom, Atom-IDE provides integrated debugging capabilities, allowing developers to set breakpoints, inspect variables, and step through code. This feature is especially useful for debugging complex programs and can save developers a significant amount of time and effort.

  3. Language Server Protocol: Atom-IDE utilizes the Language Server Protocol (LSP) to communicate with language servers. This protocol enables advanced language features like quick fixes, precise diagnostics, and code actions. Atom, on the other hand, does not have this direct communication with language servers and may rely on community-created packages for similar functionality.

  4. Code Intelligence: Atom-IDE enhances code intelligence by providing features like intelligent autocomplete suggestions, real-time code analysis, and documentation pop-ups. These features make it easier for developers to write clean and error-free code by offering helpful suggestions and insights.

  5. Project-specific Settings: Atom-IDE allows developers to define project-specific settings that override the default settings. This makes it possible to have different configurations for different projects, optimizing the workspace for specific development scenarios. Atom, however, does not offer this level of project-specific customization by default.

  6. Better Workspace Management: Atom-IDE improves workspace management by providing features like project-wide symbol search, code navigation between files, and integrated git version control. This makes it easier for developers to navigate and work with large codebases, increasing productivity and reducing context switching.

In Summary, Atom-IDE extends the functionalities of Atom to provide language-specific features, integrated debugging, better code intelligence, project-specific settings, and enhanced workspace management.

Decisions about Atom and Atom-IDE
Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 504.8K views

Since communication with Github is not necessary, the Atom is less convenient in working with text and code. Sublim's support and understanding of projects is best for us. Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface. We use a good theme for Sublim ayu-dark

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Pros of Atom
Pros of Atom-IDE
  • 529
  • 449
    Open source
  • 343
    Modular design
  • 321
  • 316
    Beautiful UI
  • 147
    Backed by github
  • 119
    Built with node.js
  • 113
    Web native
  • 107
  • 35
  • 18
    Cross platform
  • 5
    Nice UI
  • 5
    Multicursor support
  • 5
    TypeScript editor
  • 3
    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
  • 3
    cli start
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
  • 3
  • 2
    Code readability
  • 2
    It's powerful
  • 2
  • 2
    Smart TypeScript code completion
  • 2
    Well documented
  • 1
    works with GitLab
  • 1
    "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
  • 1
    full support
  • 1
    vim support
  • 1
    Split-Tab Layout
  • 1
    Apm publish minor
  • 1
    Consistent UI on all platforms
  • 1
    User friendly
  • 1
    Hackable and Open Source
  • 0
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    Cons of Atom
    Cons of Atom-IDE
    • 19
      Slow with large files
    • 7
      Slow startup
    • 2
      Most of the time packages are hard to find.
    • 1
      No longer maintained
    • 1
      Cannot Run code with F5
    • 1
      Can be easily Modified
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      What is Atom?

      At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

      What is Atom-IDE?

      A collection of Atom UIs to support language services as part of Atom IDE, designed for use with packages built on top of atom-languageclient.

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