What is Molecule?
Molecule is a package for the Atom text editor. It transforms Atom into an Integrated Development Environment (or IDE).
What is Atom?
Atom is a popular text editor. It's free, open source and multi-platform, based on web technologies.
Its creators describe it as being "a zero-compromise combination of hackability and usability", as it aims to combine the extensibility of editors like Vim and Emacs with the convenience of Sublime and Textmate.
More info on the Atom homepage.
Why should I use Molecule?
While Atom is popular because of its intuitive, customizable approach, Molecule adds to these qualities the expected features of an IDE:
- In-editor compilation
- Code analysis
- Error diagnostics
The key advantage of Molecule over monolithic IDEs is its potential for adaptation: where most IDEs are only valid for a few programming langages or environments, developers can easily add plug-ins to Molecule (as Atom packages). Users are able to download the plug-ins to adapt to new langages, without having to change their IDE, habits, settings, keybindings, etc.
Molecule is available on
apm (the official tool for downloading Atom packages).
apm install molecule, or install Molecule from your package browser
Install Packages And Themes and search for Molecule).
Molecule should then be installed the next time you start Atom.
apm uninstall molecule, or uninstall Molecule from your package browser
Uninstall Packages and uninstall Molecule).