Microsoft confirms the end of Atom, the code editor that preceded VSCode

The announcement isn’t new, but we missed it last June: Atom is going away in favor of Visual Studio Code. This complete code editor and project manager was purchased by Microsoft along with GitHub. The company has maintained the development of these two competing apps for several years, but VSCode has always had its advantages, where Atom has evolved slightly. The announcement of his termination is not a surprise in this regard, and it will take effect on December 15.

assembly MacGeneration.

The two apps are very similar, especially in their general philosophy. They both relied on web technologies as a foundation, with underlying code in JavaScript and an interface coded in HTML and CSS, all of which work thanks to the Electron framework… which was also created based on Atom’s needs. Both also rely on add-ons and advanced customization. VSCode was heavily inspired by its competitor, and the creation of Microsoft is in this respect its direct heir.

Although Atom retained its quirks and likely fans, the absence of a major update has weighed on its future for several years already. In particular, VSCode has evolved from a strictly local code editor to a development environment that can run on a computer as well as on a server, notably enabling GitHub to launch its Codespaces, online instances of VSCode that can be launched from its Homepage. Faced with this major change in approach, Atom remained a local app that only received bug fixes.

Thus, Microsoft has announced the end of Atom on December 15, 2022. The project’s source code, distributed on GitHub of course, will then be archived, which means that it will no longer receive changes, although it will remain readable and can always serve as a basis for a new one fork “, variant. This is the advantage of open source, anyone can pick up the torch and continue to keep Atom in good shape, although it will undoubtedly be difficult to develop such a large project without important funds.

Atom in action on macOS Ventura.

Microsoft, for its part, has released a final update that fixes known bugs, leaving Atom in good shape. The current version should continue to function normally for a few years even without receiving updates.


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