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This article was published on March 29, 2016

Atom editor breezes past more than 1 million active developers

Atom editor breezes past more than 1 million active developers
Owen Williams
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Atom, GitHub’s popular open source code editor, has reached an impressive milestone: more than 1 million people used it in the last month.

The editor launched in 2014 to much fanfare as a powerful Web technology-based alternative to others like Sublime Text, as competing editors’ development stagnated.

Since launch, it’s gone from strength to strength, with thousands of extensions being submitted by developers to build on its functionality and more than 28,000 commits to the open source repository.

Microsoft also released a similar editor in 2015, called Visual Studio Code, based on Electron technology.

I’ve recently switched from Sublime Text to Atom for my coding projects as I found its packages to be far more useful than any competing editor – it’s nice that there’s finally a great bunch of editors to choose from.