Falling in love with Sublime Text

Sublime Text 2 is an incredibly fast code editor that I’ve been using off and on for web development since late 2011. Some major positives are the editor runs lighting fast on little resources and has a robust plugin system to supercharge any development.

Download the Software

Go here and download http://sublimetext.com. I’ll wait. after installing the software, while it’s more than capable as an editor, is not exactly the supercharged setup you want. Let’s fixed that.

Install Package Control

This allows you to easily install future plugins directly through Sublime Text and will minimize any errors in setting these up. To do this, press (Ctrl + `) to brings up the console (think Terminal or Command Prompt). Copy and past the line below to install the package control plugin:

import urllib2,os; pf=’Package Control.sublime-package’; ipp=sublime.installed_packages_path(); os.makedirs(ipp) if not os.path.exists(ipp) else None; urllib2.install_opener(urllib2.build_opener(urllib2.ProxyHandler())); open(os.path.join(ipp,pf),’wb’).write(urllib2.urlopen(‘http://sublime.wbond.net/’+pf.replace(‘ ‘,’%20’)).read()); print ‘Please restart Sublime Text to finish installation’

Wait a few seconds….and you should be finished! Now you can set up further plugins for your computer’s development.

Using the Command Palette

To begin, type Ctrl + Shift + P to bring up what’s called the Command Palette. The Command Palette is similar to a shortcut menu for everything to do in Sublime Text.

To use package control and install the more plugins, type in “Package Install” and hit Enter. A list of packages will display. Feel free to browse packages or type in the names below to install a package.

List of plugins that are recommended:

Notable plugins

Sublime Text Shortcut Keys

Included a list of some short cut keys you will likely enjoy:

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