Microsoft can’t go too lengthy with out pulling the plug on a challenge, can it, however this newest one has not less than been coming. The favored code editor, Atom, constructed by the now Microsoft-owned GitHub is being retired. Why? As a result of Visible Studio Code exists, after all.
OK, that’s being a bit blunt, nevertheless it’s the reality. In a weblog that snuck out in a busy week for builders in every single place, GitHub defined the what and the why.
“Once we formally launched Atom in 2014, we got down to give builders a textual content editor that was deeply customizable but additionally simple to make use of—one which made it potential for extra individuals to construct software program. Whereas that objective of rising the software program creator neighborhood stays, we’ve determined to retire Atom with a purpose to additional our dedication to bringing quick and dependable software program growth to the cloud by way of Microsoft Visible Studio Code and GitHub Codespaces.”
Atom was at one time some of the common code editors round. It additionally served as the bottom for the Electron framework, for higher or worse, which in flip helped give beginning to its eventual successor. Visible Studio Code is now the highest canine and you could possibly in all probability see the top for Atom as quickly as Microsoft acquired GitHub.
So, what occurs now? GitHub is giving six months’ discover of Atom being discontinued to permit its customers ample time to construct their workflows elsewhere. On December 15, 2022, all Atom repositories can be archived. So it’s not the top simply but, nevertheless it’s shut. Within the time main as much as this date, GitHub will push reminders of the approaching doom of its textual content editor simply so that you don’t neglect.
So, what’s subsequent? The logical (and Microsoft-expected) transfer is that people will merely transfer over to Visible Studio Code. As with Atom, it’s fully cross-platform and open-source, and there are variations on the market with out the Microsoft telemetry if that’s the half that places you off. Atom can after all be forked earlier than its demise, however whether or not anybody can maintain it alive for the long run is a thriller. Alternatively, Jetbrains Fleet seems fairly fascinating, albeit as but not publicly out there.