Atom vs sublime – Which Editor to pick?

A good editor must do two things very well: syntax highlighting (coloration of the code) and auto completion. Let’s Find out atom vs sublime , which Editor is Best to assist us while developing websites.

Introduction to Sublime Text 3

Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup, and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features, and amazing performance.

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This is probably one of the most popular code editors nowadays, although it has lost some momentum lately with users favoring other rising competitors such as GitHub’s very own Atom. Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform. Also, read Best sublime text 3 Themes to use in 2017.

Introduction to Atom editor

Developed by GitHub, the highly customizable environment and ease of installation of new packages has turned Atom into the IDE of choice for a lot of people. It is worth mentioning that the code examples provided in this dunebook.com were coded using Atom only.

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Atom is a text editor that’s modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core—a tool you can customize to do anything but also use productively without ever touching a config file.  Atom is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. Atom is Opensource Ide you don’t need any license to use Atom. Also, read 5 best atom packages to ease Your web Development

Atom Ease of use

  • Atom is modular in design; you can change almost any aspect of the atom editor
  • Atom has nice defaults, such as spaces for default tabbing and automatic trimming of white space upon save.
  • Atom has much better file handling in its project sidebar.
  • Atom’s package manager is built in.
  • Atom installs the ‘atom’ CLI command by default.
  • Atom is free.
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Sublime Ease of use

  • sublime is Beginner-friendly, you can customize almost any aspect of the sublime editor.
  • In Sublime Text, you have to manually alter the user config file.
  • You have to Install packages for better file handling in its project sidebar.
  • In the Sublime text, you have to activate the console and paste in a Python command to install the Package Manager.
  • You have to Install package for CLI in sublime text.
  • You need a license to use sublime text.

 

Atom vs sublime Working With Heavy Files

Working with heavy files on Atom is very hard, Atom has a relatively high memory usage, especially when compared to some other text editors not based on Electron. in our test we found atom crashes  or hang with large >(10MB) text files, making it less useful as a general text editor. Sublime is still much more performant but also has its quirks as well.

Speed

The speed and stability are rock solid in Sublime Text 3. It opens instantly and the edits are smooth as it gets. Sublime Text, while being lighter-weight than an IDE, still supports many IDE features. Atom is very slow to startup, which is a big disadvantage if you are accustomed to using it to make quick changes on your files.

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Atom vs sublime Innovation

ST3 innovated and came with an original product everyone copies. ST3 deserves a lot of credit here, don’t remember it’s made by one person (from what I understand). For a single person being able to manage to build a standard, an a product like this takes courage and knowledge. Atom is committed by millions of open source users (during two years), and they didn’t make anything better, other than copying ST3 and implementing beautiful color themes over it.

Atom The present

Atom is a great editor.  Pretty much everything you see on Atom is customizable. Changing UI themes is a lot easier in Atom with the built-in package manager, which is awesome. Package manager was great; it had a full settings section UI built for it, vs. the package control sublime has. It has entire dedicated visual GUI for settings options, that was nice, the flow on configuring settings just felt right. Atom has built-in HiDPI support with zero scaling issues. Atom is free, open source, and written in C++, LESS, and CoffeeScript.

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Sublime The present

Sublime Text 3 size it’s just 27 MB, and all the other candidates are a lot more.  Sublime uses way fewer resources at CPU level than any other. Sublime Text uses TextMate’s syntax declaration files to support new languages, has all its menus and keybindings generated from JSON files, and can be scripted to add new features using Python. Unlike the Atom editor, Sublime Text protects and copyrights its code and is thus not the freedom-ware some would like it to be.

popularity

Sublime Text Atom Explore Google Trends

Note – A value of 100 is the peak popularity of the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. Likewise, a score of 0 means the term was less than 1% as popular as the peak. – ( source: google trends)

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Deven Rathore

I'm Deven Rathore, a multidisciplinary & self-taught designer with 3 years of experience. I'm passionate about technology, music, coffee, traveling and everything visually stimulating. Constantly learning and experiencing new things.

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