Installing Atom Packages2:30 with Treasure Porth
Learn how to look for and install Atom Packages: extra features that can help you manage, write, and organize code!
Most text editors including Atom provide a feature for installing additional tools. 0:00 Atom calls these additional features packages. 0:05 Packages offer all sorts of handy functionality, like a linter, which is 0:08 a code hinting tool that lets you know if you've properly formatted your code or 0:12 introduced any errors. 0:16 Other packages offer color coding for different types of code, 0:18 hexadecimal color pickers, and a lot more. 0:22 To install a package, go to Atom, 0:24 choose Preferences, Or you can choose Command comma. 0:27 This will bring up a Settings window. 0:34 Down at the bottom of this list, choose Install. 0:36 This brings up a search bar where we can look for different packages. 0:39 One of my favorite packages is called Emmet. 0:42 Emmet allows you to write HTML lightening fast using a shorthand. 0:46 If you click on the packages title, you'll be taken to Atom's package directory, 0:50 where you can read a little bit more about the package, 0:55 as well as view any documentation or release notes. 0:57 When choosing a package, its a good idea to look at these numbers. 1:02 This numbers tells you the number of times the package has been downloaded. 1:06 This package has been downloaded over a million times and has a couple of thousand 1:10 stars, so there's a good chance that this will work as expected for us. 1:14 I'll go back to Atom and click Install. 1:18 Now that it's installed, here's a quick look at what it can do. 1:22 Say you need HTML to create an unordered list with a class of mylist that contains 1:27 three list items. 1:32 And each of those list items needs to contain an image. 1:34 That's a lot of typing. 1:37 But with the Emmet package installed, you can type a shorthand like this. 1:39 You do ul, the class of my list inside that 1:44 list item times three inside that image. 1:49 Plus tab, and all the code appears like magic. 1:55 It's an amazing timesaver and a lot of fun. 1:58 A simple Google search can help you find dozens of fun Atom packages. 2:01 So definitely have a look around. 2:07 You can search packages by visiting atom.io.packages. 2:13 And you'll find a list of our favorite Atom packages in the teacher's 2:17 notes below. 2:20 Now that you're familiar with how to use a text editor, go create something awesome. 2:23 Until next time, have fun, and happy coding. 2:27
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