📅 November 24, 2017
Every once in a while, a program comes along that improves upon an essential tool so well that it becomes the new essential tool.
The humble text editor is one such essential tool for Linux, and the open-source Atom provides a plethora of features that make programming and text handling an attractive breeze to use.
“Where Can I Find Atom?”
Visit the Atom website where you will find a .deb, .rpm, or the source code itself. I installed the .deb version for Linux Mint 18.2, and it works perfectly.
“What else can I do with Atom?”
Atom advertises itself as a hackable text editor that lets you customize anything you like. From the page’s description and from exploring Atom itself, this is certainly true. Don’t like a feature? Write your own. Want a new feature? Download a plugin — and there are several.
For programming, Atom is one of the best. Features, such as
- Toggling comments
- Search and replace
- A folder tree pane for easy navigation
- Integrated GitHub support
- and much, much, much more.
This article barely delves into what is possible. I have begun to use Atom, and I have yet to tap into its full potential. Customization and ease of use is where Atom excels. It truly is an editor that you can tailor to your liking.
If you are not a coder who wants to tinker under the hood, then that is fine. All of the available features are more than most other text editors offer, and you can use them instantly. Never did it feel like Atom required a learning curve (unlike vi or emacs). Whether your project is text or code, simply run and type. If you ever become stuck, the excellent online help painlessly guides you through any questions you might have.
Despite Atom’s wealth of features, Atom is one of the easiest and best-looking text editors to use.