MavensMate is a collection of open source projects that aims to make building Salesforce applications accessible to developers who prefer to build applications using their local machine in text editors like Sublime Text, Atom, and Visual Studio Code. MavensMate is created and maintained by Joe Ferraro with support from Mavens and these amazing contributors.
Because there are several open source MavensMate projects, it can be somewhat confusing to navigate the ecosystem. In essence, there are three main components to the architecture: the server, the desktop application, and the editor plugins.
MavensMate Server is a local Node.js Express server that facilitates communication/integration between editors like Sublime Text, Atom, and Visual Studio Code, the local file system, and the Salesforce servers. When a plugin requests a command to be run (e.g. "compile a file"), a local HTTP request is made to MavensMate Server, the server executes the requested command (which often requires communicating with a remote Salesforce.com environment) and returns the response to the plugin.
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MavensMate Desktop is an application that bundles the local MavensMate server into a desktop application that powers the MavensMate Sublime Text, Atom, and Visual Studio Code plugins.