GitHub shuts down Atom, a software development environment launched in 2011

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GitHub today announced that it will shut down Atom, a text editor for software development that the company introduced in 2011. The GitHub blog post says that it will archive the Atom repository and all other repositories left in the Atom organization on December 15, 2022.

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Atom served as the basis for the Electron platform, which paved the way for thousands of applications, including Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Slack, GitHub’s own GitHub Desktop. But GitHub claims that the participation of the Atom community has declined as new tools have been introduced over the years. Atom itself hasn’t changed much in the past few months, aside from maintenance and security updates.

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“When we introduced Atom in 2011, we set out to give developers a text editor that was highly customizable yet easy to use—one that would allow more people to build software,” GitHub wrote in a blog post. published this morning. “[R]reliability, security, and performance are key to GitHub, and to best serve the developer community, we’re archiving Atom to prioritize technologies that power the future of software development.”

GitHub Atom

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GitHub says it will refocus its efforts on Microsoft Visual Studio Code (VS Code) and GitHub Codespaces, its cloud-based development environment, in the future. “We recognize that Atom continues to be used by the community and we want to recognize that moving to an alternative solution takes time and energy,” the company continued.

Curiously, VS Code was launched in 2015 as an answer to Atom. Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub in 2018 brought Atom and VS Code under one roof, absorbing the latter. But the popularity of VS Code continued to grow. According to a 2021 Stack Overflow developer interview, only 13% of developers use Atom as their primary environment; VS Code is used by 71%.

This is not necessarily the end for Atom. After archiving, the code will be available to developers for review and further development. And one of the main contributors to the project, Max Brunsfeld, is leading the effort to launch a spiritual successor called Zedwhich will be launched in closed alpha testing this week.


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