[FoRK] Atom vs. JSON? Re: Microsoft gets a new religion: Visual Studio Core, aka Atom

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at jarbox.org
Sun May 3 01:29:26 PDT 2015

> On May 2, 2015, at 5:02 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> It's not too surprising that the core of something like this is Node, since Javascript has won the browser and a lot of the server war while letting everyone save face more or less.  But it is surprising that they would be able to make that decision on an engine based on Chromium.  That must have been a lot to swallow.

Microsoft doesn’t have nearly the ego invested in this as you have invested in them having an ego invested.

Atom is targeted at web devs, it isn’t a replacement for Visual Studio and is not meant to be in any meaningful way. What other open source editor/IDE were they going to use?

Atom is a marginal knock-off of the popular Sublime editor in look and feel, but with JavaScript as the extension language instead of Python and a poor UI performance. Atom suffers from the same kind of glitchy user interface experience that makes Eclipse unpleasant for many people. For some quick hacks or web dev, it can be good enough. Microsoft selecting Atom makes sense if you are targeting web devs that use cloud services, and honestly there are not a lot of alternatives even though Atom isn’t great. 

Developers that do not build websites, and that is most of them, will continue to use Visual Studio, Xcode, Sublime, Vim, Emacs, etc.

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