A Community-led Hyper-Hackable Text Editor
A Community-led Hyper-Hackable Text Editor

Review of Pulsar:

Pulsar, born out of a passionate community, emerged as a natural response to the sunset of Atom. With a shared determination to preserve their beloved editor, this community-led project aims to modernize, enhance, and revitalize the original Atom experience, crafting a cutting-edge, customizable, and entirely open editor.

The driving force behind Pulsar is its diverse and engaged community. They have united from the remnants of Atom, eager to build upon the extensive legacy left behind and create an editor that is uniquely adaptable. By emphasizing the hackability factor, Pulsar aims to carry forward the spirit of the Atom text editor, which is either in the process of being sunset or has already reached that stage. This endeavor not only encompasses supporting the editor itself but also the extensive package repository that holds thousands of invaluable contributions from the community.

To ensure Pulsar remains up to date with the evolving technological landscape, the project focuses on updating core technologies such as Node.js, Electron, and others. By staying current, Pulsar can seamlessly integrate new features and libraries without resorting to cumbersome workarounds or compromises.

What sets Pulsar apart is its commitment to accentuate the elements that made the original editor exceptional. The goal is not only to cater to former Atom users but also to offer a standout experience for all. By nurturing the strengths that made the Atom editor great, Pulsar aims to carve its own distinct identity, captivating users with its unique blend of versatility, functionality, and user-friendliness.

Pulsar warmly welcomes contributions, discussions, questions, and ideas from all members of the community. It’s a collective effort where everyone can play a part in shaping the future of this exciting project. Join the Pulsar community today and become a part of this vibrant journey!

Now, with this said, I really want to like this app. I really do, but some of the applications still need work after porting. Example, the remote-edit-ftp application has a little bug which those keyboard jockeys who like to navigate with their keyboard might face.

After reviewing the error, I was able to locate the offending file and tweak it so it didn’t throw the error and allowed for the up and down arrows on the side navigation, but like everyone else, I just want it to work.

The bug notification system is getting a little better, but we will see.

Right now I give it a 4 out of 10, but I am hopeful this is short term and the porting and bugs and new development improve.

Here’s hoping…

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