Working with GitHub’s Atom Editor

Earlier this year, I switched from TextMate to Sublime Text as my primary text editor, and it has been a great experience.  With GitHub releasing their own editor, Atom.io, as an Open-Source project, I was intrigued to see it action.

I like what I see so far, and if you are a Mac user, I encourage you to check it out even if you’re deeply devoted to your editor of choice.  Linux and Windows beta editions are promised to come soon.

Here are a couple tips to help you get started with Atom:

1. Create a symlink for the atom.sh file so that you can start Atom from Terminal:

sudo ln -s /Applications/Atom.app/Contents/Resources/app/atom.sh /usr/bin/atom

2. Create a symlink for the Atom Package Manager (apm) too:

sudo ln -s /Applications/Atom.app/Contents/Resources/app/apm/node_modules/atom-package-manager/bin/apm /usr/bin/apm

3. If you are into Puppet, install the package that Kevin Sawicki converted from TextMate:

apm install language-puppet

As I continue to work with Atom, this list will continue to grow. Have any helpful Atom tips of your own to share? Post them in the comments section below.

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