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Atom

A text editor I seemed to be using

Atom — a text editor made by Github, easily extensible because much like emacs, it’s mostly written in a dynamic language (javascript) and is open source. Unlike emacs, it’s not clearly currently in an evolutionary cul-de-sac. Powerful. Slow and RAM-hungry. I have given it up for VS Code.

See also intent-specific workflow tips at, e.g. latex, academic writing.

Misc tips

What scope is my current document?

I don’t know, run Editor: Log Cursor Scope.

Notable extensions

Not an extension, but be aware the pending pane feature is handy but will confuse the crap out of you if you expect Atom not to try to guess whether you want to look at a file temporarily or permanently.

Atom as a platform

People can and do build whole IDEs in atom.