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posted by Dopefish on Friday February 28 2014, @03:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the probably-better-than-notepad dept.

Anonymous Coward writes "GitHub's Atom, a new text editor blending C++ and web technologies, is now being released as a limited beta. The new editor, which claims to have partial TextMate support, is extensible with the help of a centralized add-on manger (the same way Eclipse does) and is heavily integrated with the github platform. The final licence is not known at the moment, but the project already makes use of over 80 open source software packages.

Access to the beta is currently "invite only"."

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by istartedi on Friday February 28 2014, @04:57PM

    by istartedi (123) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:57PM (#8596) Journal

    I've posted this on "that other site" several times; but not here yet. I started saying this in the 90s when Sun was pushing "The network is the computer". Remember that? I'd roll my eyes and say: "I can't use my word processor, the network is down".

    In other words, the effort to tether things to the network when they don't really need to be there continues. Followed by, every business wants recurring revenue. Every customer should be mindful of that, but they aren't. Your job as a salesman is to obtain recurring revenue. Your job as a purchaser is to avoid becoming a source of recurring revenue.

    Now of course there are some things that need to be on the network. Github provides a service that's inherently network oriented. Github integration into an IDE is nice as long as the IDE can run without phoning home all the time. That said... I wouldn't trust any provider of a network service to provide things that don't inherently require a connection without them getting their meat-hooks in.

    Aside from that, they live in the Apple ecosystem and are only going to roll out there at first. That doesn't bode well for maintenance on other platforms going forward. No need for me to get started on that first thing in the morning...

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Lagg on Friday February 28 2014, @05:21PM

    by Lagg (105) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:21PM (#8617) Homepage Journal
    While I agree with what you're saying and would have modded if not for the response, it should be noted that they're using the "web technologies" buzzword and it makes just as much sense in this context as any other buzzword. What they really mean is that it's extensible with HTML and JS much like chrome and such. I'll stick with vim though, the headline of "yet another editor" is quite apt. I'm done trying out new ones for now.
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