In a post announcing the new editor today, Github said that Atom began as an experiment and quickly became a tool that it couldn’t live without. Atom is completely open source and the company is encouraging developers to extend it as much as they want, calling it “a hackable text editor for the 21st Century”
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One of the main reasons for building Atom was that the company wanted an editor that “will be welcoming to an elementary school student on their first day learning to code, but also a tool they won’t outgrow as they develop into seasoned hackers.”
Atom is in closed beta for Mac users right now (with Windows and Linux builds coming soon), but invites will be given out to those who sign up on the website over the next few weeks as the beta is expanded.