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    Every time I see a new editor come out, I think “I wonder if this will be the one that convinces me to switch away from Vim.” So far none has, but LightTable came close.

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      There’s also this big hurdle of “I don’t work in the terminal, or provide remote editing capabilities” which most of these new editors don’t ever seem to get.

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      AGH! The site is up now! http://atom.io/

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        Looks cool and all, but that config.cson file stood out to me, so I looked it up. It’s CoffeeScript object notation. What is the point of that? JSON is already a poor configuration language, dressing it up in CoffeeScript syntax doesn’t do much to improve the situation. Why not just use YAML?

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          Yeah, all the language plugins are in that too. I think they’re really just going for consistency–the whole thing is coded in CoffeeScript.

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            Maybe. In that case, it’s weird that it uses Less for theming, I would have thought that Sass made more sense given the rest of the project’s coding style.

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          And the blog entry http://blog.atom.io/

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          There’s a few screenshots in the repositories.

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            Those look very much like SublimeText with the Soda and amCoder themes.

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            Sublime Text features + JavaScript instead of Python for plugins would probably appeal to a lot of people.

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              Would people really switch to a new editor just because the plugin programming language is different? That seems like a lot of trouble for no benefit.

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                Agreein, There are so many vim plugins you would have to re-write! Maybe adding a vimscript interpreter would lessen the re-write time…. maybe..

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                  JS would definitely lower the barriers to entry on creating plugins, which if the community were large enough, would lead to more/better plugins which would be a big advantage. Of course, the editor itself would have to at least be on par with the competitors.

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                I wonder if this is an extreme example of work-on-whatever-you-want culture. Perhaps a good GIMP competitor is next, we’re certainly overdue.

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                  Intriguing, if cryptic. But from where I sit, this is just a project named “Atom” hosted on Github. Is there any more information on it, something that connects it to Github besides the Github-employed members?

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                    Answering myself: https://github.com/atom/welcome/blob/master/lib/welcome.md

                    You are one of the first people to use GitHub’s new text editor!

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                      What is the non-mac equivalent of cmd-shift-P?

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                        ctrl+shift+p

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                        Wow, try clicking on the docs link. It takes you to a GitHub app auth page for your email.

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                        Also worth noting:

                        $ whois atom.io
                        
                        Domain : atom.io
                        Status : Client Updt+Delt Lock
                        Owner  : GitHub Hostmaster
                        Owner  : GitHub, Inc.
                        Owner  : 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St
                        Owner  : San Francisco
                        Owner  : CA
                        Owner  : US
                        
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                        What are your thoughts on modularity? You see, each component is in it’s own repo and I suppose that you will be able to put those things together to make your perfect editor.

                        I like this approach, but sadly my current colleges think that it’s useless. They say that it will be a pain in the ass to put it all together and things will break in unpredictable ways.

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                          http://steve-yegge.blogspot.de/2008/04/xemacs-is-dead-long-live-xemacs.html

                          Some ideas will keep trying to incarnate for as long as it takes…