Atom, the text editor for the 21st century

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A new entrance related to development tools, and today’s entrance it is turn for a rival of  Brackets, called Atom, a hackeable text editor for the 21 century. this text editor is been developed by GitHub, and i guess they know about coding, so, I have been using it for some time, with good opinion about it.

Another important aspect is that Atom is available for all platforms, so that yo have no excuses to use it no matter what operating systems you are using: Windows, Linux or Mac. And this feature is really cool today, because developers are not tied up to a OS, so the best is to be available for all platforms. Also, even Visual Studio Code, from Microsoft, is also available for Linux (surprise!!!).

Install

If you are a Windows user, just download the install file, execute, and keep on clicking of “next”, “next”, “next”, … until the end of the process. If you are using Linux, you have several choices to do it, but I did it by using commands following this instructions.

Customization

In my case, I am using Atom for Python and TypeScript development, so I need to install several plugins in order to make this task easy. You can read my configuration for Atom.

For doing that, I have followed this entrance for instaling some plugins for Python, but also, I am surprised that you can also install the plugins by using a command line interface: apm.

As the time goes by, I am concerned that you must know how to use several command lines tools for installing tools and plugins, so customization can be programmed. And this is really cool, because one you have a script, you can configure Atom in any computer you need to work with!

If you have 20 minutes, I encaurage you to watch to this video related to how to setup Atom with several packages:

For TypeScript development, the first thing you need to install is NodeJS, and I’ve done it following this instructions, using apt-get, and, of course. npm, the package manager for NodeJS.

Learning more features of Linux

I must admit that while I am preparing this entrance, I learnt a lot of things I didn’t know about working with Linux, so I’ll give you several links to features I have used:

  • For keyboard shotcuts, please read (in spanish) this and this.
  • XnView is one of those softwares that I really use on Windows, and now, I can use it on Linux, thanks to this instructions.

Happy coding!

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