There is this time of the year when the presents are unboxed and the new year hasn’t started yet, when a lot of people (including me) find some time for tinkering on personal projects. And I guess I am not the only one around here who is working on software projects. But because a proper code editor can make a huge difference, I want to introduce you to my favorite tool for the job: Atom, a free, open source, modern and extensible, cross platform editor.
Let’s face it: being a geoscientist and writing code goes hand in hand in recent times. Most programs have their own code editor like MatLab with its m-file generator or R with its handy version of RStudio. But when it comes to webmapping and direct code writing in an open environment you are mostly sticked to a certain editor which has some syntax higlighting and maybe a syntax checker like Notepad++, kate, textwrangler or Sublime.