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Switching from Sublime to Atom

A couple of months ago, I considered giving Atom another try. I didn’t. Yesterday, a tweet by David Walsh caught my eye and led me to install Atom, again. What can I say, I’m a sucker for sparkly things.

This morning, I removed Sublime Text from my system in an attempt to force myself to use Atom. By doing this, I’m hoping I’ll discover its features a lot quicker than I would if I was just dipping my toes in.

Anyhow, I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and first impressions are good. I’m sure it doesn’t start-up as quickly as Sublime, but once it’s running, it’s quick enough. One thing that I did find off-putting was the default colour scheme used for syntax highlighting. The thing is, there is nothing wrong with it, it’s just that I’m not used to it and I didn’t realise quite how important the colours are, until they changed. Not that it matters, I did a quick search and found this Monokai theme, installed it and everything was back to normal, well, normal for me.

It’s early days, but so far I’m enjoying the Atom experience — I’ve been using Sublime for years and the change is quite refreshing. I’m now looking forward to finding out what Atom can do.

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