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Recently, I had a couple of experiences stick out in my mind that made me think I should blog about some “fancy editors”. I’ve referenced them in a couple of my sessions, used SublimeText heavily in the past, and I’ve always been one willing to try out new things. The fact of the matter is, especially when a thing costs nothing to use, you may as well try and broaden your tool set.
There are plenty of “fancy editors” to choose from. The fact of the matter is that we live in a post-Notepad++ world, as far as strong text editors (but short of full-blown IDEs) go. The advantage of not going “full IDE” is to, in theory, remain more flexible and fast. These fancy editors are becoming far more configurable as they progress, so I would also argue that the grey area in which these reside has only malleable barriers separating them from “IDEs” and text editors.
The main contenders I see, at the moment, in no particular order, are:
- SublimeText* (my previous favorite)
- VS Code
- WebStorm IDE*
The last two are slightly more editors in the direction of IDEs, but they’re definitely worthy of considering. Also of note*, SublimeText and WebStorm IDE are paid-for applications, though SublimeText 3 is free while it’s in beta (which it has been for some time), with gentle periodic reminders suggesting a license purchase.
Why I Like SublimeText
A while back, I ponied up the cash for a personal developer license for SublimeText. At the time (when v3 came out), it was the right decision, as it was getting pretty good after version 2 matured, along with a pretty strong integration of a package manager, a strong layout for content and file tree, things like code maps, and fancy features like multiline editing and more. If you check out their homepage, there’s an animated GIF demonstrating some of the more powerful features, and it still is impressive.
I still think SublimeText is a great editor, but having heard good things about multiple others start cropping up, I thought it was worth checkout some of the others out there. I moved on to Atom for a variety of reasons, but I’ve heard good things about both VS Code and WebStorm IDE.
Why I Like Atom
It’s not that it’s made by GitHub, built on top of Node with Electron, though those are all interesting aspects. The largest appeal of Atom is that it has nearly everything I like about SublimeText either as built-in or available as an installable package. It’s extensible to the core, exposed mostly via a personal config interface, so if you can write JS, you can extend your own editor. There are a fair amount of packages (plugins) and themes to keep people busy. A couple of the more notable packages I have installed are:
- sync-settings, to sync my Atom settings between installs
- git-timemachine, to view git history of a file
- terminal-plus, to use my terminal from within Atom (handy for full-screen working)
- timecop, to keep track of how long Atom is taking to load (so I can remove some of the packages/themes I was overly zealous about installing the first time around)
Atom is free and worth trying out, especially if you haven’t ventured too far out there yet.
VS Code is something I attribute to the “New” Microsoft, which plays to its strengths, doesn’t bash Linux, and tries to be relevant through sheer effort; which seems to be working out pretty well. The MS team has open source released an increasing number of projects, of late, not the least of which is TypeScript (I’m a big fan, though still adopting). VS Code seeks to reconcile the needs of modern development tooling with things like .NET dev, git, and things like Node, Sass and LESS, amongst others. If you want to know more about Why VS Code, their page of the same name gives their explanation. My little bit of playing with it is promising. Strangely enough, VS Code is also built on Electron (or not so strange, as the case may be).
A (Non-Standard) Use Case
A quick tip, regarding “fancy” text editors, since everything is configurable, everything is configurable. I recently had the
fun opportunity to read through a fair number of NSDs from a Domino server. I won’t get into the specifics of the cause, but reading through NSDs can be a little rough, even if you know what your looking for and the layout of such a file. Enter a “fancy” editor to the rescue! Realizing some similarities in the data structure, enough anyway to be “close enough” to help me read through it all, I chose to change my language syntax highlighting to force my editor (shown below in SublimeText) to tread my NSD logs as YAML. YAML is a “human readable data serialization language”, think of it as a superset of JSON, built for ruby; for a crash course, check out the page for YAML on learn x in y minutes. The text blocks looked similar enough and forcing the syntax highlighting helped me keep things from swimming on my screen as I scrolled through several files.
Note: most of these “fancy editors” make an effort at guessing the correct language to use, often by file extension, and put a notifier or change action in the lower right corner (by my experience); Notepad++ has its “Language” menu as well.
Before Language Syntax Highlighting
I tried to blur the names to protect any innocent servers.
After Language Syntax Highlighting
All in all, I think I achieved my goal in that use case; to better be able to read my log files. I’ll be continuing my trend of getting more used to Atom, although that become pretty familiar after just over a week of hard use. I think for any major MS related work, I’ll probably switch over to VS Code for a while, just to give it a fair go as well. In the end, a tool is a tool, especially if you’ve suffered in the past. Eclipse is often too “heavy” for any front-end or Node work I do, so having something more flexible, immediate, and integrated to that side of things is great. :beers:
May 27, 2016
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Wed, Dec 14th 2016 4:00p Eric McCormick
If you read my blog for any of the Saga of Servlets series, then I hope that you’re excited I’m returning to the application I put together for it. This time, it’s as a conversation piece in regards to some of the build process modernization I engaged in recently, in order to unify the code base in its git repository. In any case, it’s helping pave the way forward before I update some of the back-end elements, when it will again be a talking point for some additional rework and
Scripting Server Upgrades|
Fri, Nov 11th 2016 2:00p Eric McCormick
This one might be slight departure from my usual, but those that have followed my blogging this past year will have noticed a bit more of a leaning towards DevOps in some of my posts. This echoes a lot of what I’ve been concluding as increasingly a necessary part of development; that we need to consider a picture large enough to encompass the themes surrounding development functions and, like any good developer (DRY ~= “lazy”), automate the heck out of it.
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Everything Old is New Again|
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 8:00p Eric McCormick
Every so often, it’s good to reassess one’s position. This is good from both a standpoint of being inquisitive and even interrogative, but when it comes to the ever changing landscape of the front-end development space, it’s not only inevitable, but must be embraced for what feels the need to “stay afloat”. I’m changing theme of my blog, hopefully for the better. The previous theme was good and did a great job of getting things started, but while I had forked a copy of a good
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 8:00a Eric McCormick
If you’re just here to learn a little about how to “squash” commits with git, skip down a ways. Otherwise, hold on, and I will catch you up on a couple of personal notes before we get there.
On the Blog
It’s been a little while since I blogged last. This has been due to a combination of reasons; specifically, I’ve been busy with:
my family, it was the end of summer with lots of things going on
a number of projects around the house (a deck removal and basement remodel
Wed, Aug 24th 2016 8:37a Eric McCormick
MWLUG was a great success as far as I’m concerned. Each time I’ve gone I’ve had the great enjoyment of being able to attend some high quality sessions, meet with lots of colleagues and friends from the community, and get a view into products and solutions many people are undertaking, over conversations and interactions outside of the sessions. This is always a great way of interacting with others who were able to make it. Unlike the IBM conference of Connect(EDsphere), this is purel
Manually Renewing HTTPS w/ Let's Encrypt|
Wed, Jul 27th 2016 10:40a Eric McCormick
A while back, I rolled a personal project, which is a Node app, to Bluemix for lightweight use. I managed to make use of Let’s Encrypt for the HTTPS certificate, but only after realizing that there was a bit of a manual aspect to it that is the antithesis of an automated script for such things. Ultimately, after finding some information in a blog post form Marky Roden (of all people), I was able to get moving. The only downside wound up being that time passed, and it came time to renew
Eric and the Quest for More Coffee, pt.2|
Fri, Jul 15th 2016 4:17p Eric McCormick
Posted in the “aside” category.
There were three submissions via the Google Form, and a couple more form messages via social media. Honestly, I had debated either a nondescript or far more overt mug w/ the likeness of one of the more iconic of H.P. Lovecraft’s imaginations, but this seemed a bit over the top.
a replacement for my alma matter
a Go Army, Beat Navy mug (which was never my thing)
this gem from shop.Scotch.io (again, pretty overt)
Git History Searching|
Tue, Jul 12th 2016 10:00a Eric McCormick
First, A Shout-Out
The recording of the session called “Normalizing XPages Web Development” that Shean P. McManus and I gave at the 2-day, virtual ICONUS (formerly IamLUG) event this year is now available from “Archive and Replays”. If you missed it, I recommend checking it out, it’s a great benefit of ICONUS and I hope that those who did get a chance to attend enjoyed the subject material. We covered a lot of ground and were able to demonstrate what is, in my opinion, one of the grea