5 Great Atom packages for beginners

So I started really programming a little over a month ago. One of the first things that you have to do is to set up your environment so that you can be as efficient as possible. Seeing as how you are going to be struggling to get anything to work, or even show up on the screen, you’ll need as much help as possible. Here are 5 Atom Packages that I found really helpful:

  1. MiniMap: This makes your scroll bar a smaller version of your file. You can scroll through it and see the basic shape of the text in the file. It’s really great for trying to scroll through a huge file looking for that one part. You can see where you are relative to the rest of the file.
  2. Open In Browser: This seems simple, but it can really save a lot of time. If you have an HTML or other type of file, it allows you to open it into the default browser by right clicking on the file in your file tree(on the left hand side). Beats having to hit ctrl+o every time to open something you are working on from the browser window every time.
  3. Terminal Plus: This thing is pretty helpful. It opens a terminal window at the bottom of Atom and allows you access to a full terminal directly from there. It defaults to the active folder. It comes in handy for running the file you are working on, and doing any sort of git commits or other git nonsense directly from your editor without having to switch and lose your place. You just hit ctrl + ` and it pops up and you can do what you need to do. Hit ctrl + ` and it goes away, simple as that.
  4. Atom Beautify: I have found this to be super helpful. This one has been a life saver on more than one occasion. After I’ve written code that I haven’t indented or can’t seem to find the missing bracket or what ever other types of problems I’ve had over the course of the last 4 weeks. Well, one hit of ctrl+alt+b and it lines everything up and shows you where the brackets should be so that you can try to match them up.
  5. Highlight Selected: This is another super helpful beginner tool. If you are looking for a variable name in a huge file of code, simply click on one instance you have found and it will highlight all other instances in the file. These also show up in the minimap so you can track down what you are looking for.

So that’s 5 really great beginner Atom packages. Install them and make use of them today. Learning to code is hard enough, these should hopefully make your life a little easier.