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Atom vs Sauce Labs: What are the differences?

Atom: A hackable text editor for the 21st Century. 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; Sauce Labs: Test mobile or web apps instantly across 700+ browser/OS/device platform combinations - without infrastructure setup. Cloud-based automated testing platform enables developers and QEs to perform functional, JavaScript unit, and manual tests with Selenium or Appium on web and mobile apps. Videos and screenshots for easy debugging. Secure and CI-ready.

Atom can be classified as a tool in the "Text Editor" category, while Sauce Labs is grouped under "Browser Testing".

Some of the features offered by Atom are:

  • Atom is a desktop application based on web technologies
  • Node.js integration
  • Modular Design- composed of over 50 open-source packages that integrate around a minimal core

On the other hand, Sauce Labs provides the following key features:

  • 700+ browser/OS/device combinations for cross-browser and platform testing to improve web and mobile app quality and eliminate the overhead of internal infrastructure
  • Highly reliable, on-demand cloud for enterprise-grade scalability and industry standard security
  • Optimized for popular testing frameworks, CI systems, and surrounding tools and services

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Atom over the competitors, whereas "Selenium-compatible" was stated as the key factor in picking Sauce Labs.

Atom is an open source tool with 49.3K GitHub stars and 12.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Atom's open source repository on GitHub.

Lyft, Typeform, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Atom, whereas Sauce Labs is used by Lyft, Coursera, and Yelp. Atom has a broader approval, being mentioned in 836 company stacks & 727 developers stacks; compared to Sauce Labs, which is listed in 66 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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I am looking to purchase one of these tools for Mobile testing for my team. It should support Native, hybrid, and responsive app testing. It should also feature debugging, parallel execution, automation testing/easy integration with automation testing tools like Selenium, and the capability to provide availability of devices specifically for us to use at any time with good speed of performing all these activities.

I have already used Perfecto mobile, and Sauce Labs in my other projects before. I want to know how different or better is AWS Device farm in usage and how advantageous it would be for us to use it over other mentioned tools

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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 Sauce Labs
  • 527
    Free
  • 446
    Open source
  • 342
    Modular design
  • 318
    Hackable
  • 316
    Beautiful UI
  • 170
    Github integration
  • 147
    Backed by github
  • 119
    Built with node.js
  • 113
    Web native
  • 107
    Community
  • 34
    Packages
  • 18
    Cross platform
  • 5
    Multicursor support
  • 5
    Nice UI
  • 5
    TypeScript editor
  • 3
    cli start
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
  • 3
    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
  • 3
    Snippets
  • 2
    Awesome
  • 2
    Code readability
  • 2
    Smart TypeScript code completion
  • 2
    It's powerful
  • 2
    Well documented
  • 1
    "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
  • 1
    works with GitLab
  • 1
    full support
  • 1
    vim support
  • 1
    Split-Tab Layout
  • 1
    Consistent UI on all platforms
  • 1
    User friendly
  • 1
    Hackable and Open Source
  • 1
    Made by github. YAY
  • 59
    Selenium-compatible
  • 46
    Webdriver compatible
  • 35
    Video recordings of every test
  • 31
    Qa
  • 29
    Mobile support
  • 26
    Any programming language
  • 23
    Developer tools
  • 21
    Test local and firewalled servers
  • 20
    Jenkins integration
  • 18
    Pristine VMs
  • 17
    CI Compatible
  • 11
    Appium support
  • 9
    Parallel testing
  • 8
    Rapid environment preparation
  • 7
    Easy testing on almost any device
  • 7
    Allows me to Focus more test automation rather than IT
  • 7
    Mobile device support
  • 6
    Secure testing and easy setup
  • 5
    Quick support response
  • 5
    Easy setup with CI and fast automated tests
  • 4
    Easy to setup and understand,
  • 4
    Fast and reliable to host the automated tests
  • 3
    Easy onboarding, do not need to manager VMs/OS/Browsers
  • 3
    Easy setup and integration with Travis Ci
  • 3
    Maintained browser matrix
  • 2
    Great documentation
  • 2
    Teamcity Integration and mobile testing win
  • 2
    Hany for platform testing
  • 2
    Generous free trial
  • 2
    Efficient tool to verify product quality
  • 2
    Easy. Straightforward. Scalable
  • 2
    Great way to integrate test suite on cloud
  • 2
    Simplicity of Sauce-connect
  • 1
    Very Good, Quick, flexible Infrastructure Support
  • 1
    Having this available for CI servers is fantastic
  • 1
    Awesome tech support
  • 1
    It's great for my QA work
  • 1
    Amazing service to do cloud cross browser testing
  • 1
    Depth of integrations
  • 1
    Because of its cloud based support for appium
  • 1
    Easy setup, Works great with selenium.
  • 1
    QE support
  • 1
    Manuals are not very well versed for beginners
  • 1
    Secure testing
  • 1
    Cheaper than browserstack
  • 1
    Stable
  • 0
    Simple to set up and integrate so many browser configs

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Cons of Atom
Cons of Sauce Labs
  • 19
    Slow with large files
  • 7
    Heavy and slow
  • 6
    Slow startup
  • 1
    Most of the time packages are hard to find.
  • 1
    Can be easily Modified
  • 2
    Relatively slow
  • 2
    Expensive

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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 Sauce Labs?

Cloud-based automated testing platform enables developers and QEs to perform functional, JavaScript unit, and manual tests with Selenium or Appium on web and mobile apps. Videos and screenshots for easy debugging. Secure and CI-ready.

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