The first in an occasional series looking at the tools we use in our day-to-day work
A lot has been said, written, and ranted, about programming editors and IDEs over the years. Allow us to add to the noise.
Mr. Poole is kicking off with a brief post about his code editor of choice, Atom…
Why Atom? Well yes it’s open-source, free of cost, and has a massive developer-friendly organisation behind it. That’s a cracking start, but the fact that Atom is built on top of tried-n-tested web technology (Electron) is the real clincher. If you don’t like something in the editor, all it takes is Ctrl-Shift-i (Windows) or Cmd-Opt-i (Mac) and you will have a familiar inspection pane at your disposal, a means for tweaking whatever it is that gets on your pip.
Atom ships with a number of key packages, not least the very wonderful Autocomplete-plus, and there are hundreds more to choose from. Minimap is a must for navigating larger files, and the various Linter packages are indispensable too. Here are a few others I recommend:
- Semantic Colo(ur) for sensible syntax colouring
- linter-eslint fronts up ESLint for Atom and Linter.
- Todo-show Shows up all
FIXMEand related tasks in a project or whole workspace.
We don’t all agree about programming editors at LDC Via Towers: what are your favourites?