Essential Sublime Text Plugins

Sublime Text is awesome.

Nearly every day I find something amazing about Sublime Text that completely changes the way I work. At first I was wowed by the find-and-replace alternative: selecting a block of code and pressing ⌘ + D to select each subsequent occurrence. To this day I love watching 20+ lines of code all change at once while I type in the proper code edits.

Recently, I came across some Sublime Text plugins that left me speechless. Here are a few.

Package Control

This one is obvious. It's your pathway to all that is good in Sublime Text. I almost forgot to add it since it feels like Sublime Text came with it. It makes it super easy to install packages, and knows how to get a hold of basically all of them.

Emmet

When I switched from Coda 2 to Sublime text, I really missed the HTML shortcuts. Automatic tag closing, HTML & CSS hints, and a few other things. This plugin brings it all back, and a ton more. You can quickly create HTML snippets with shortcuts, for example:

div#foo + Tab gives you <div id=”foo”> </div>

This makes for very fast & efficient coding in a language that can become rather time consuming. It also gives you snippets like meta tags, beginning html, head, and body tag structure and more. It's basically a no brainer.

Prefixr

Using browser specific prefixes on CSS is almost a thing of the past, but for now we've got to put up with it. Prefixr makes this easier by writing out all the -webkit- -moz- and -khtml-'s we love to hate.

Git & SVN

Want to run Git or SVN commands in a command line style, but without actually leaving your text editor and opening up Terminal? Well Sublime Text can do that too with this plugin. Just open up the Command Pallet (⇧ + ⌘ + P) and begin to type Git (or SVN) and a list of commands will show up. You can check the status of files, commit changes, revert, push, etc. all from Sublime Text. Very cool.

LiveReload

From time to time, I use CodeKit, which reloads your browser each time you save the file you're working on. It can also do a million other things. LiveReload, both a browser plugin and a Sublime Text plugin, can also take care of reloading your browser upon saving the file. It saves you a decent amount of time — time better spent writing code than hitting ⌘ + R over and over.

I'll be adding to this list as I find more cool things / plugins for Sublime Text. If you've got any suggestions, or if I left out any essentials, let me know!

Cheers,
Matt

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