Why can't I see java .class files properly


I tried opening some java .class files with atom, but all I saw was a whole load of unreadable nonsense. Can anyone help. Would be great.


Java .class files are compiled binaries intended to be loaded by the JVM, not read by humans. How do you believe Atom should handle them?


Yes, but where there’s a .class file, there is usually also a .java file (the latter being the one you want to open).
Depending on your build steps and/or IDE, this may be elsewhere. Quite often you find that all .java files are under a src folder, while the compiled .class files get put in some dist or build or other target folder where compiled output goes.