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The END of Atom Text Editor

The END of Atom Text Editor

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Yokwejuste
·Jun 11, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • What is an IDE ?
  • What is a text editor
  • The Atom Shutdown
  • Conclusion

Developers keep on doing it great and breaking through different levels everyday, with their logic , algorithm and code, all together with an IDE or text editor, miracles are performed. An IDE? Ouff! I guess you'll ask me what is it? Stay back and don't be scared.

What is an IDE ?

An IDE also known as An Integrated Developer Environment is a software suite that consolidates basic tools required to write and test software thus making work easy by providing facilities such as a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger to programmers for software development. We might know of some few IDE. Below are some of the mostly used IDE in 2022:

  • Eclipse: Supports C, C++, Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Java and others. ...
  • NetBeans: Supports Java, PHP, JavaScript, C, C++, Python, Ruby, and more. ...
  • Komodo IDE: Supports Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, JavaScript, Ruby, and more. ...
  • Aptana: Supports HTML, JavaScript, CSS, AJAX and others through plugins.
  • VScode: All in one
  • Atom: Best figuring when it comes to web.
  • JetBrains IDE: made for all.
  • Vim: Terminal text editor mostly for Unix and Linux base operating systems

What is a text editor

As compare to an IDE, a text editor is simpler, we can define it as a software used to edit code with some restricted functions such as dynamic typing.

NOTE: As contrast to these two, text editor is limited as compare to IDE. but some text editors such as Atom or VSCode with the use of some good extension can be made IDEs.

OUPPS : Did I just mention Atom ? Unfortunately this text editor is to be mourn now. Let's dicuss.

The Atom Shutdown

As stated in this article on github blog released on the 8th June 2022 justifying the shutdown of the Atom IDE and all projects linked to this organisation by December 15, 2022.

Reasons

GitHub, the company (now owned by Microsoft) behind Atom, announced the “sunsetting” of Atom today. “Atom has not had significant feature development for the past several years,” the company said, “though we’ve conducted maintenance and security updates during this period to ensure we’re being good stewards of the project and product. As new cloud-based tools have emerged and evolved over the years, Atom community involvement has declined significantly.” GitHub reason for Sunsetting atom is as follows:

Atom has not had significant feature development for
the past several years, though we’ve conducted maintenance
 and security updates during this period to ensure we’re being 
good stewards of the project and product.
 As new cloud-based tools have emerged and evolved 
over the years, Atom community involvement has declined
significantly. As a result, we’ve decided to sunset Atom so we 
can focus on enhancing the developer experience 
in the cloud with GitHub Codespaces.

Conclusion

The fact Atom is sunsetting doesn't means it might not figure out in some months or year to come but after the shutdown it will be available at atom.io and since it is open source we can contribute to it and may be, be the one that will solve the issues linked to this.

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