Atom vs Vim, The fight for which IDE/Editor is better is a never-ending battle since we have different opinions and desires.

Although, these arguments are important because knowing and choosing the best IDE for yourself is vital.

Today, We would be looking at ATOM and VIM. Using the right IDE one step to begin productive while coding.

ATOM IDE, is a free and open-source editor for Windows, Linux, and Mac, usually called the hackable text editor developed by Github in 2014, written in Electron, CoffeeScript, and JavaScript, and Licensed by MIT under the Source Code Editor/IDE category.

VIM, is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing for Windows, Linux and Mac, usually called the “programmer’s editor,” developed by Bram Moolenaar in 1991, written in C and Vim Script , and Licensed GPL-compatible under the Text Editor category.

FactorsVIMATOM
AutoCompleteInbuiltRequires Plugin
Bracket MatchingInbuiltRequires Plugin
Code Templates Requires Plugin Requires Plugin
Column selectionInbuilt Requires Plugin
Cross-PlatformYesYes
Extension languageVim ScriptPython
LicenseGPLMIT
Plugin ManagerThird-PartyInbuilt
Source Control IntegrationRequires PluginGIT

Pros and Cons


VIM

PROSCONS
Lightweight and fast High effort to customize
Free and open-source software Difficult learning curve
Works in terminal over SSH Poor support for external tooling
Multiple clipboards known as “registers” Difficult learning curve
Keyboard-based, mouse-free interface, and trackpad support Difficult to copy, paste, and delete
Built-in package management Poor feature discoverability

ATOM

PROSCONS
Embedded Git control Crash and data loss
Beginner-friendlyToo Many Packages
Multi-line select and editRecognition of Few Keyboards
Allows for instant file switching High memory usage
very customizable and extendableSlow startup Time
 HiDPI supportNot recommendable for older computers

Conclusion

A lot of developers choose VIM over ATOM, even on scoreboards and ranking charts, VIM takes the lead. Personally, I have used both and I like neither(I enjoy VScode). I will personally still pick VIM over ATOM.

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