First Impressions of Atom

Published 11th March 2014

Today I recieved an invite to the Atom beta. Atom is a new text editor from the guys at Github that is built on web technologies (but is a native OSX app). After trying it out I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised.

I was expecting Atom to be a Sublime Text clone but with much less functionality (given that it’s only in beta). I’ve been using Sublime Text now for months and am quite happy with my current setup so I wasn’t exepcting anything special enough from Atom to make me consider moving.

However after trying it out for a day I’m pretty impressed at where Atom is at already. It’s fast, it’s clean, it has a GUI prefences page, there are already loads of decent packages and themes, it isn’t nearly as buggy as I was expecting from a beta and it looks seriously easy to extend.

There are a few niggles here and there (changing tabs is sluggish and the tab key doesn’t always work properly) but these are small issues given the beta status. Overall I’m very impressed and excited to see where Github is going to take Atom.