Atom vs Visual Studio: 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; Visual Studio: State-of-the-art tools and services that you can use to create great apps for devices, the cloud, and everything in between. Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
Atom belongs to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack, while Visual Studio can be primarily classified under "Integrated Development Environment".
"Free", "Open source" and "Modular design" are the key factors why developers consider Atom; whereas "Intellisense, ui", "Complete ide and debugger" and "Plug-ins" are the primary reasons why Visual Studio is favored.
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.
Microsoft, Starbucks, and Intuit are some of the popular companies that use Visual Studio, whereas Atom is used by Lyft, Typeform, and PedidosYa. Visual Studio has a broader approval, being mentioned in 678 company stacks & 1011 developers stacks; compared to Atom, which is listed in 836 company stacks and 726 developer stacks.
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