For developing native web languages I use SublimeText 2 (http://www.sublimetext.com/). Like many other editors, SublimeText offers a great plugin ecosystem, which allows you as a developer to add various functionality by installing additional packages.

Sublime Text
Sublime Text

Within this post I’ll introduce some plugins I’m using to increase my developer performance.

Package Control

Package Control is the most robust and vital plugin; it allows you to add new plugins to sublime without typing endless commands into the console or manually copying files to the application directory. To install Package Control, you’ve to execute the following script from Sublime Text’s Console

import urllib2,os; pf='Package Control.sublime-package'; ipp=sublime.installed_packages_path(); os.makedirs(ipp) if not os.path.exists(ipp) else None; urllib2.install_opener(urllib2.build_opener(urllib2.ProxyHandler())); open(os.path.join(ipp,pf),'wb').write(urllib2.urlopen( 'http://sublime.wbond.net/'+pf.replace(' ','%20')).read()); print 'Please restart Sublime Text to finish installation'

Emmet

Emmet (previously known as Zen Coding) is excellent for creating HTML elements because you’re typing a kind of CSS Selector style statements and Emmet is automatically creating the corresponding HTML for you.

Sublime Text - Emmet Plugin
Sublime Text - Emmet Plugin

JavaScript Minifier

Crunch your JavaScript files by using Google Closure Compiler (CTRL+ALT+m)

Tag

Tag is excellent for developers writing much declarative code. It will automatically add closing tags when you write the opening one.

Search Stackoverflow

Instant StackOverflow Search Plugin. But-Saver 😉

Git

Adds Git support to Sublime Text including built-in Diff Viewer. This plugin is one of the best time savers for me.

Sublime Text - Git Plugin
Sublime Text - Git Plugin

CoffeeScript

Allows you to write CoffeeScript in Sublime Text and offers features like

  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Snippets
  • Assertions

CoffeeCompile

Compile your CoffeeScript file directly from within SublimeText 2 [CTRL+SHIFT+C]

Node.js

Allows you to write Node.js in SublimeText and offers features like

  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Snippets
  • Assertions

nodejsLauncher

Launch your Node.js file directly from the editor [CTRL+ALT+N+R]

Summary

There are of course plenty more good plugins available for SublimeText. These are just a few plugins I use frequently.

Is there an essential plugin missing, do you use a plugin that should be listed here? Leave a comment and share your knowledge with the community.