This isn't a problem, more a question of curiosity. When I open Atom editor from the command line using
atom it opens in the background. (So I'm returned to the command prompt right away in the terminal.) Typically, if I open an application on the command line using
applicationname it would be in the foreground. If I wanted to run it in the background, which I usually do, I'd provide
applicationname & instead.
Why don't I have to do
Like I said, this isn't a problem since I usually want to continue working in the same directory, but I'm curious as to the why.