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Sublime Text is a pretty darn popular code editor. Despite its popularity and all the good things I’ve heard about it, I still lean heavily on other editors (Coda being my go-to for most projects) and have never given Sublime Text the time of day. Call it sheer laziness or whatever, but I’m a creature of habit.
However, I saw Chris had posted an idea for a new article going over how to create a project in Sublime Text and I thought that would be a fun one to take. As someone who has never used Sublime Text, we could make this into a recorded dry run and learn together.
That’s what we’ve done here in the following screencast. Watch as Chris helps me launch Sublime Text for the first time, get a feel for the settings and how to get a web project off the ground.
Here are the key takeaways from my experience:
You’re always in a project. It took me the entire video to realize that Sublime Text assumes you are already in a project, even if you haven’t created one yet. The app expects you to start working right away and create the project after.
There are a crap ton of possible settings. The Sublime Text documentation provides simple example for tab spaces, but the full list of options (and there are a ton of them) can be found in the Sublime Text > Preferences menu option
It’s not Coda. I went into this thinking that Sublime Text is meant for managing web projects, but it’s really built around being a text editor (surprise!) before anything else. That said, you can create projects, but it’s super simple to open a file and start editing write away. At the same time, you can manage project-level settings if needed.
Switching Projects has a quick command. Typing ^?P (at least on OSX) to pull up a list of Projects.
Project settings override User settings. Sublime Text allows you to manage your personal settings in Sublime Text > Preferences, but those are overridden by the settings defined in the Project file.
Workspaces are created with Projects. They are a user-level set of configurations that Sublime Text records for you as you go and remembers them the next time the project is open.
Workspaces files are not meant to be edited. This is another thing I learned at the very end. A Workspace is a JSON file that records your moves, so to speak, and remembers them for the next time you open the project — things like last open files, autocorrect behavior, file changes and editor layout options.
Enjoy! This was a dry run so, if you have questions, then it’s likely that I do as well and we can figure out the answers together in the comments.