I’m moving from Dreamweaver to Sublime Text.
Dreamweaver (DW) was my main IDE for almost a decade and it saved me good. Tag completion was excellent and I used bit of snippets too. It was reasonably stable and light, at least compared to Eclipse base IDEs. Search and Replace was excellent. Most impotently file management between remote/local servers were effortless. It works as well as ColdFusion Studio.
Go to Sublime Text and install production version – it is version 2 as per today. Version 3 is in Beta and it is not going to work very well with CFM at this moment. Setup file is a 5MB file – compare that with DW or Eclipse.
There is an official plugin (or as Sublime Text like to say, a Project) for ColdFusion. Download it, unzip it and copy into your package folder (Preferences> Browse Packages) in a new folder call “ColdFusion”. Wait, there is a much easier way to do this.
Installing Package Control:
Package Control is a package (plugin) that speeds up the package installation. You must have that. Go to Sublime Text Package Control web site and copy the installation code. It is something looks like this:
Go to Sublime Text and press Ctrl+’ or click View>Show Console. Paste the code into the Console window at the bottom of the editor and Enter, Restart sublime Text.
Installing Packages with Package Control:
Press Ctrl+Shift+P or go to Tools > Command Pallette and type “package install” and hit Enter.
That will bring up another window with list of available packages, search for ColdFusion (or any other package name you like) and Enter– now you have ColdFusion support. Package installation does not get any easier than this.
Sublime Text do not maintain a project list like DW, instead it lets us save a “project file”. Go to Project>Save Project As and save the file in any folder you like. You can add folders to your project using Project>Add Folder to Project. To open a project, go to Project>Open Project and open your project file from the location you saved it.
Sublime Text let us open multiple projects in multiple windows at the same time.
View > Side Bar > Show/Hide Side Bar bring up the File Explorer. Side Bar use single-click to expand folders and open files. Matter of fact, Sublime Text uses single-click whenever possible. That actually save fraction of a second compared to usual double clicks. It adds up.
In Sublime Text, we can go a long way without having the side panel open. Ctrl+P let you find and open our files with a fuzzy search.
Sublime text use shortcuts as much as Americans use Coffee. Use them. They save significant amount of valuable time. Those shortcuts are often not multiple key press, but they are key sequences. For example, the shortcut key to toggle sidebar is Ctrl+k,b. Meaning, hold the Ctrl key and then type K and then B. To delete a whole line press and hold Ctrl+K and then K again.
Upload on Save
To do this, we need a Sublime SFTP plugin ($20 and trial available). With that you can map each of your folders to different FTP accounts. Right click on your folder name form the side panel and you can set it up. Most importantly we can delete/rename files from the local and remote servers at the same time. That is something I desperately missed in DW.
Emmet (Zen Codding)
DW do have old version of Zen Codding extension, but new version Emmet do better in Sublime Text. Install Emmet package using Package Control. In a blank Document, type html:5 and hit Ctrl+E, that will create blank html5 document. Try something like .test>ul>li*5 and press Ctrl+E, that will create you a whole block of code in a second.
Sublime Text have ton of cool tricks that can speed up the coding process significantly. Attention to smallest detail in Sublime Text is impressive. I think it is beneficial for us to surround ourselves with beautiful creations as this so that can influence our own work also. Try to spend a day learning bit more about it. It is all worth it.