Those curly Brackets.

I’m not very big on web development. You can probably tell from how awful the layout of this blog is. If I actually put aside the time to study web development I’m sure I could be proficient in it one day but it’s not one of my priorities right now. That being said I do use a lot of Javascript for NodeJS projects and PHP for MySQL projects. Lately I’ve been getting into HTML5 Canvas too and up until now I had been using Sublime Text for both. I think that’s going to change soon.

Brackets is a text editor ‘founded’ by Adobe. It actually comes with Adobe Extract prepackaged in the install(you can opt out of this by the way). I’ve known about Brackets for about a year or so now, and had played with it a few times in the past but I had never really found it all too useful. Lately I’ve been re-installing IDEs onto a new computer(man I hate re-setting up) and I decided to take another look at Brackets again. I was pleasently surprised. Not a lot has changed visually but after loading up a few plugins(JSHint, a theme color changer…) and changing a couple of settings it actually turned out to be pretty good to work with. Possibly even better than Sublime Text. Plus with Brackets you’ve got a Live Preview feature, that immediately pushes your updates to the browser window as you save the file. This feature seems to have gotten way less buggy than the last time I used it – and wow does it ever speed things up.

There’s a couple of other things that I’ve yet to check out, apparently you can show your PSD design to Brackets and it will actually pick up colors and layer names/IDs. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to use this but if it worked the way it says it does I could see how it would be very handy. Anyway I think I might switch over from Sublime and start using Brackets instead for scripting languages, I’ve been thinking about delving into Lua a little bit so hopefully there are some good plugins for it.

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