I have been using the Sublime text editor since I was introduced to it in Web Development 101. A lot of Front End Developers use Sublime. I ended up going with it. A while ago I had been introduced to Atom at a Girl Develop It workshop. Didn’t end up doing anything with it. I wish I had.
Tonight I was participating in a thread on the NewBie Coder Warehouse on Facebook, and someone mentioned that he used Atom, how it’s great because it’s free (which I already knew of course), how installing addons is so easy, and that it is built through Github which makes connecting to Github super simple.
Yes it does. Once I git init my project, the .git folder immediately appears at the top of the project’s directory in the Atom window. No more ls -a in the command line to reveal git related hidden folders and files. No more going into your computer’s Finder GUI to open those hidden git files and find what is in there. Now you can do it right inside your Atom text editor. And, when you start creating your workflow with nodejs and npm, all those related folders and files will appear there as per usual too. If GIT is a big part of your Developer Workflow, being able to see your .git directly in Atom is huge. At least I know it will be for me.
Yes, I do have to rebuild a bit now, but I know what I need based on what I set up with Sublime, and will recreate it to the best of Atom’s ability and move forward from there.
To learn more about Atom, please visit atom.io.