Now using a licensed copy of Sublime Text 3 for all my coding

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Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 4:06PM

I've been using Dreamweaver for 10 years.  After using Sublime Text 3 for a couple weeks, I'm certain this is the best editor I've ever used before and I just bought a license because I thought it was a good value.  Sublime Text is a proprietary, cross platform editor designed to work with nearly every popular programming language.  It is commercially available for purchase for $70 at the time of this writing.  However, there is no time limit on the free trial, so you can evaluate it until you're sure you want to switch to it.  I've stopped using Dreamweaver entirely, and I've never been able to do that before.  In the past, I've tried to adopt Eclipse, Netbeans, Visual Studio, Notepad++ and others, but nothing is as fast, elegant, productive and stable as the Sublime Text editor for working with CFML code.  I actually feel happier working in Sublime Text.

My favorite features are the symbol indexing (which is a brand new feature in Sublime Text 3) because it is making me more productive.  The way find in files works in a fast streaming / interactive way is very nice and how it shows the nearby code is very useful.  There is a feature that shows you a zoomed out outline of the file on the right which is very handy because it is very easy to recognize patterns in the code and do less reading to find what you're looking for.   The overall speed and stability of the software is a huge part of why it works so well for me too.  It hasn't crashed or glitched for me yet despite being labeled as a beta quality release.  Dreamweaver does crash for me sometimes and it's much slower, so it was a welcome improvement to be able to work with Sublime Text 3 without encountering problems.

I want to thank the developers for writing this excellent software and also to encourage any developer writing code in any language to take a look at Sublime Text 3 right now.

Tweaks to make Sublime Text 3 better:

I think it should be possible to right click a file to perform a "Find in Files" search for just a single file especially since this works already if you type the path manually.   The search feature "Find All" should also return its results in the "Find Results" tab - it is not as useful to have them highlighted on the page I'm working on because I have to scroll too much.   This is the only thing I don't like about sublime text because it's a little more difficult to view all the individual search results in a single file.  I usually have to search a whole directory or modify the path manually instead, which is just an extra step that could be eliminated.

I didn't like way it completes quotes and HTML by default, so I disabled those features because I kept getting slowed down by the extra typing to remove them or position the cursor.

I've also disabled auto_close_tags and auto_close_cfml , but it still automatically completes tags for CFML syntax in Sublime Text 3.  Is there any way to stop this from happening?  The HTML doesn't autocomplete anymore, but the CFML tags do.   It doesn't seem like a separate file is included for Coldfusion or CFML in the Sublime/Packages folder so I'm not sure how it is working.

Summary

I mostly write PHP, html, javascript and CFML code.   It is extremely important to me that sublime text supports CFML, and Railo syntax so well. I hope that continues to be the case in the future.   Coldfusion Builder doesn't support Railo syntax, so it's not useful for editing my Railo application, so your editor is really the best for CFML right now besides Dreamweaver.


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