Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Boston Linux Meeting Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Atom: A Hackable Text Editor for the 21st Century

When: February 19, 2020 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic:  Atom: A Hackable Text Editor for the 21st Century
Moderator: Jerry Feldman
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 149

*** Note: Room change. This is on the first Floor

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.

Note: Sorry for late notice: Our previously scheduled speaker's employer
scheduled him to be out of town.


Jerry shows us Atom, a graphical editor for software development


As the subject says, 'Atom is a Hackable Editor for the 21st Century'.
Jerry is a long time EMACS user, but while at Red Hat, he found that
EMACS was not doing a good job with Python. Another developer suggested
Atom. Atom is very customizable. First, for Python, it has a number of
packages that provide syntax checking, automatic indentation as well as
the ability to execute code from the console. Atom also has packages to
support other languages. The things I like about Atom is that it can
display a list of files and their status, and a number of panes. Jerry
will demonstrate how he works on applications and displays code in
multiple panes. In addition, Atom supports GIT and SVN. With git you can
do a an add, commit, a pull or a push. He will demonstrate that on one
of his projects.
Atom is fully open source. In addition to Python, Atom supports many
other languages, including C, C++, Perl, JavaScript, Java, and many
more. Jerry will show a list from the language indicator. Atom supports
many different themes. Jerry uses the Atom Dark, but he will demonstrate
others. He will also discuss the package manager. He will also
demonstrate how to run the application being edited.

Atom can be installed directly from the Fedora repositories via the 'dnf
install' command or the software center, and in Ubuntu via the 'apt-get'
command or via the Ubuntu Software Center. It may be downloaded from
https://atom.io/. [atom.io] For more detailed directions see the Atom
Flight Manual: https://flight-manual.atom.io/. [flight-manual.atom.io]
In many cases, when you install an application from a vendor repository,
that version might be somewhat out of date. However, atom will notify
you if there are updates to both Atom or your packages.

Jerry has tried many different editors over the years. More recently he
tried Pycharm, a popular Python-oriented IDE. Pycharm is not open
source, and the free version lacks many useful features. Several years
ago, Jerry tested Geany, but decided that Atom was the better system for

Atom Home:  https://atom.io/ <https://atom.io/>
Installing Atom:
Atom Flight Manual: https://flight-manual.atom.io/

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site

On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

The Amherst Street/E51 parking lot is the best parking option. It
probably will have plenty of spaces. During the school year the lot
tends to be full, but tends to clear out after 6:30 or 7PM.

Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessible via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see

All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site

Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7

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