GitHub is converting its Atom text editor into an IDE

Posted on 12-09-2017 , by: admin , in , 0 Comments

Atom, GitHub’s text editor built on the Electron framework, is being fitted with IDE-like capabilities as a precursor to making the editor a full-fledged IDE.

The first step in Atom’s transition from text editor to IDE is an optional package of features developed with Facebook called Atom-IDE.

The package includes:

  • smarter context-aware auto-completion
  • an outline view
  • go to definition
  • ability to find all references
  • hover-to-reveal information
  • warnings (diagnostics)
  • document formatting

The initial release has packages for TypeScript, Flow, JavaScript, C#, and PHP. These packages use language servers to analyze code and projects. GitHub thus joins other companies such as Microsoft and Red Hat that have supported the language server protocol. Support is likely later for Rust, Go, and Python.