GitHub’s hackable text editor, Atom, hits version 1.0

Owen Williams, The Next Web, Jun 26, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I spent a good part of the morning exploring this. Others may not get excited by a text editor, but I do. I like the multi-pane design, code snippets and highlighting, and especially, the speed and fluidity of the interface. The stuff behind the scenes is pretty interesting too: "Atom is a desktop application built with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js integration. There's a whole ecosystem behind Node.js, which is essentially a personal web server. It runs on Electron, a framework for building cross platform apps using web technologies." Unfortunately this cutting-edge technology comes with a price, as the package manager can't connect - it doesn't mesh properly with my Windows firewall. Here's the Atom 1.0 blog. Here's the installer.

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