After talking yesterday about the leaked screenshots of GitHub‘s new text editor, it seems that GitHub has launched it . The new text editor named Atom has been in development for over six years and looks a lot like Sublime Text; however they suggest they see Atom as superior to Sublime Text by offering greater extensibility. As the launch announcement says: -
“Sublime and TextMate offer convenience but only limited extensibility. On the other end of the spectrum, Emacs and Vim offer extreme flexibility, but they aren’t very approachable and can only be customized with special-purpose scripting languages.
We think we can do better. Our goal is a zero-compromise combination of hackability and usability: an editor that will be welcoming to an elementary school student on their first day learning to code, but also a tool they won’t outgrow as they develop into seasoned hackers.”
Atom certainly has web development at its heart, quite literally; it’s built on Chromium and Node.js.
” …we didn’t build Atom as a traditional web application. Instead, Atom is a specialized variant of Chromium designed to be a text editor rather than a web browser. Every Atom window is essentially a locally-rendered web page.
At the moment Atom is operating under an invitations only beta for Mac OSX with Windows and Linux builds coming soon. I have requested an invite and will let you know when I get to take a look at Atom.