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Atom v Sublime. Who wins?

over 5 years ago from , UI Developer at Think Interactive

I've been using Atom for the past month, trying to see if there are better options out there since I was trained on Sublime. After the month was over, I finally decided to switch back to Sublime.

Here are a few things I love about Atom:

  • the highlighting integration with git
  • the preferences pane and easily being able to check, add or turn off plugins
  • the surprisingly large plugin library
  • Here are the thing I hate (or things that Sublime does way better:

    • multiselect. searching for exact groups of characters gets confused if there are parens, quotes or other symbols before or after the grouping. frustrating.
    • grid view. it took me a while to find it, but not being able to control the size of each pane is annoying.
    • auto-open files on click. i didn't think this would be an issue, but when just aimlessly perusing a directory, i'd find myself with dozens of tabs open.

    Anyone else have an opinion? I'd be curious to see what other IDEs people use if neither of these.

4 comments

  • Minhaj M.Minhaj M., over 5 years ago

    Bracket wins!

    0 points
  • Patrick KimPatrick Kim, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    PROS ATOM Multiple windows built-in is pretty awesome. Easy to add and write your own plugins. Easier UI around plugins Git Integration

    CONS ATOM doesnt know how to close.

    PROS SUBLIME Searching for files is way better and faster on sublime. Has package manager, but not as easy to hack. Faster overall, Multi-select

    CONS No support by developer for months? years? Not so easy to hack.

    I'm still trying to decide which I value more. hackability or speed.

    0 points
    • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, over 5 years ago

      ATOM has a future which I think would make it a better choice. It will continue to get development and the community will make awesome stuff.

      Sublime has history but soon I think it will fade.

      1 point
  • Ben Tinsley, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Markdown didn't work. Here's the lists again so it's easier to read:

    Here are a few things I love about Atom:

    • the highlighting integration with git
    • the preferences pane and easily being able to check, add or turn off plugins the surprisingly large plugin library

    Here are the thing I hate (or things that Sublime does way better:

    • multiselect. searching for exact groups of characters gets confused if there are parens, quotes or other symbols before or after the grouping. frustrating.
    • grid view. it took me a while to find it, but not being able to control the size of each pane is annoying.
    • auto-open files on click. i didn't think this would be an issue, but when just aimlessly perusing a directory, i'd find myself with dozens of tabs open.
    0 points