Why I switched from Atom to Visual Studio Code
Ben Halpern Jul 11, 2017 Updated on Feb 24, 2018
I recently bought a new dev machine (after much deliberation, I went with a refurbished 2016 MacBook Pro). This was a great opportunity to reconsider the applications I use for my software development. I had been writing code in Atom on my old computer, and I was happy enough with it to not bother switching... for the most part.
I like the idea behind Atom, that it's super customizable with widely-known web technologies to ensure it's on the cutting edge in terms of packages written for it and fast adoption of new technologies. But it was slow, and not all that advanced in any special way. I was open to change.
I dip around between technologies in, mostly, the web development space, and I did not want a full-on IDE. There are a few options for basic code editors out there, and the idea of moving to something like Vim never really appealed to me. Atom and VS Code both lose badly in performance to Sublime.
So why did I go with VS Code?
People fucking love it. Between features, performance, use cases, etc. you can make a case for any editor, and I can't take two months to immerse myself in each one. I took the community for insights. In this thread from a few months ago "Which editor do you use and why?", the verdict was clear to me. Nobody raved about any editor like they did about VS Code. I read through most of the whole thread and the positive feelings towards this editor stood out above the rest.
Here are a couple examples.
VS Code. I Loveeeeeeeeeeeee VS Code, well it's been nearly 6 months with vscode. In this time period i used many other editor/IDE also like atom, sublime which i previously used too before Code, I recommend this to everyone, Please have a try once....
The main keys to use VS Code:
- Peek View
- Integrated Terminal
- Built-in Git
- Task Runner
- Built-In Node.js Debugger
These all features are built-in
There are many more awesome features...
Have a try once, code.visualstudio.com/download
You can ThankMe Later!
I've heavily used Sublime, Atom, and Webstorm in the past so I based my decision very much off of experience.
People have different reasons for liking different editors, but people love this editor. It has now been a few days for me and I can see why people like it. The git integration is very convenient, and it seems well-designed overall. I'm not one to really fanboy over any piece of technology, but in my entire time using Atom, I never really felt like I was using an editor that was giving me all that much.
I still can't make a strong argument for any editor over another with regards to features and metrics, but the passion for this editor stood out and that was enough for me to buy in. In order to feel good about the choice, one also has to be confident not only in the present product in the direction of the project. I like what Microsoft is doing these days and I trust them to support and lean into VS Code and I am happy with the switch. Ultimately the editor only matters so much as it gets out of the way and lets you write software, but I'm happy with my current situation.
P.S. I've noticed that this post has attracted a lot of lurkers (readers who are not dev.to members), I'd strongly urge you consider joining to make use of all the great material on the site. 🙏