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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: 2, Interesting) by theluggage on Friday February 28 2014, @06:14PM

    by theluggage (1797) on Friday February 28 2014, @06:14PM (#8656)

    I don't know WTF they mean by "adding major features with HTML" and I am not sure whether to be intrigued or appalled.

    Sounds like HTML is the rendering engine, Javascript provides the logic.

    What you have here is a "web app" written in HTML5 + Javascript, but running from local storage instead of via http.

    That would actually be quite a handy way of writing platform-independent applications (esp. if you maybe wanted to offer a choice between a cloud-based app and a local app) except that browsers are completely paranoid about local resource access and cross-site scripting, so you quickly hit all sorts of obstacles. (the paranoia is mostly justified - although it would be nice if the anti-xss rules consistently recognised 'file://somepath/' as a 'domain' so you could at least script between resources loaded from the same directory).

    So, I think what they've done is shipped it with a version of Chromium that gives scripts full access to local resource (but is presumably appropriately paranoid about accessing the web).

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  • (Score: 2) by Sir Garlon on Friday February 28 2014, @06:58PM

    by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday February 28 2014, @06:58PM (#8692)

    What you have here is a "web app" written in HTML5 + Javascript, but running from local storage instead of via http.

    That would actually be quite a handy way of writing platform-independent applications

    Wouldn't it also be a handy attack vector?

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