Science and Technology : Atom - The Hackable Text Editor

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  1. Gorilla

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    There is a nice text editor out there built with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS that runs like a desktop app thanks to the Electron framework. It's built by the folks at Github, and seems pretty solid.

    Text Editor: https://atom.io/
    Framework: http://electron.atom.io/

    This thing seems to have quite a lot of plugins.
     
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    Gorilla ... I installed the text editor and it seems like it can do a whole lot more than i know what to do with it, so i closed it and moved on to the next thing. Then when i had to open a file, there atom was right on top and i'm finding myself using it much more than i would have imagined. I probably need to learn a whole lot more to use it to its fullest capacity, but even at the minimum it is useful ... thank you ... you always share good stuff!

    Much Love and Peace.

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    This is like notepad plus...

    Thanks...

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    You can download the Flight Manual...

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    :lol: .... i actually did check out this video tutorial ... the fact that they actually call it a "flight manual" might be a sign that you need to be an astronaut or sump'n to use this to its fullest potential ... :eeek: ... :)

    it's gonna take more than a flight manual for me to fly a plane ... :bye:

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    Glad you like it. To be honest, I paid ~60 for one of the text editors I use (sublime text 2) and Atom really does all of what it does for me at no cost. I needed an editor for Windows instead of trying to do everything i need to setup vim.

    It is a little daunting to open up one of these things if you don't do this kind of work. But if you were trying to work with code or markup before, it beats vanilla notepad.

    The documentation is pretty nice: https://atom.io/docs/latest/getting-started-atom-basics

    You're already pretty far along since you got it installed and opened. I would just skim 1.3 for the basics and read through chapter 2. Both are pretty short, and that's it. That's all you really need to do to start working with it. Try to use the keyboard more than the mouse.

    After you can install packages, you're solid. There is a wealth of stuff to help you with working in PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. There is also some plugins for working with databases (linked below). There are some pretty handy plugins for markdown too.

    https://atom.io/packages/data-atom
    https://atom.io/packages


    Another thing is checking out youtube and looking for setup content for a particular stack (e.g atom text editor for django). People out there love talking about their setups and it's a good way to snag ideas or learn about neat shortcuts.

    Happy editing. Hopefully it can help you with maintaining the site.
     
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