22 Oct 2017
A few months ago I have been blogging about My Atom setup.
I have always kept an eye on the progress of Visual Studio Code though, having it installed, checking new features and extensions.
Last month, after quite some dissapointments with Atom (like broken expand/collapse, split screen issues due to minimap), I decided to give VS Code a better chance, and code with it on my current projects.
During the first couple of days I had to get used to doing some things differently (like search results on the sidebar), customize user preferences here and there, as well as find suitable extensions.
Well, I got to admit that the result was totally worth the effort, as I have been feeling a lot more productive while coding on VS Code. And it’s not just the blazing fast performance of the editor, there are little features everywhere that contribute to the overall great experience. I will try to list as many of them as I can think of.
Here is my VS Code setup:
Color Theme: One Dark Pro
File Icon Theme: Material Icon Theme
I am using the official Atom Keymap extension.
VS Code team has done a great job providing extensions for both Atom and Sublime so that developers can get productive without having to learn yet another new set of shortcuts.
EditorConfig for VS Code
Editorconfig helps developers to maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and platforms.
Open in GitHub
Provides commands to quickly open the current file on GitHub (History / Blame / File views).
You may also want to check Git Lens for in-editor views.
Everything you need if you are working with Docker on your repos.
Integrates ESLint into VS Code.
Integrates JSHint into VS Code.
Debugger for Chrome
Debug your JS code in the Google Chrome browser, using breakpoints, watches and more.
An extension that helps you autogenerate and write JS code documentation.
An awesome Python extension providing linting (using Pylint, pep8 or other linters), intellisense, debugging support and more.
A Ruby extension that provides linting, debugging support and more.
Lint CSS files using stylelint.
A simple extension for sorting lines with multiple options.
Settings (User Preferences)
Initially I was thinking about listing my own settings, however since they are highly opinionated, I will advise you to go through preferences/settings and customize them according to your needs. They are intuitively separated into sections, there is documentation and a quick search.
Things I love on VS Code
- It’s fast, amazingly fast! Scrolling through code, typing, intellisense, quick looking for files, expanding/collapsing code, file explorer actions. There isn’t a single task that makes it feel slow (even though it’s an Electron app, ie not native).
- Search is also fast, you just need to configure it to exclude git ignored files.
- It remembers everything while restarting the editor. Opened files, collapsed sections, even search excluded paths.
- As you have noticed, I didn’t have to install a large number of extensions to get basic support for preferred languages.
- I don’t need a mini-map, there’s the default Enhanced Scrollbar that’s marking code changes, search result occurrences, cursor position, errors. The Enhanced Scrollbar has an absolute height, so that means on long files you don’t have to scroll down to figure out if there are marked search results.
- Markdown support is included. Markdown Preview (side-by-side or different tab). While on side-by-side preview mode, editor/preview panes are autoscrolling to reveal the selected content on either one of them!
- Enabling/disabling extensions per workspace.
- Built-in JSON file lint support.
VS Code has something for everyone
If you enjoy using an integrated terminal or source control within your editor, VS Code does that. I prefer to keep the best apps for each task, so for example I am working with iTerm2 and GitHub Desktop.
Apart from the JS, Python, Ruby related extensions that I have listed, there is also support for Java, PHP and other programming languages.
And similarly to Atom, you can find almost every extension you may need on the Marketplace.
17 Feb 2017
GitHub repo: giannisp/rails-react-boilerplate
This is a pure Ruby on Rails / React / Redux / Webpack 2 boilerplate app that I have built and open-sourced. Highlights include using the newly released Webpack 2, as well as making the frontend part independent of the Asset Pipeline.
- Ruby on Rails 5.x
- React 15.4.x
- Webpack 2.x
- Babel 6.x
- ESLint support
- SASS and StyleLint support
- Hashed filenames for production assets
- Separate app and vendor JS bundles
- Postgres compatibility
- Using Rails default gems and NPM packages only
Exit Asset Pipeline, Enter Webpack
Webpack is a module bundler. It can bundle all JS files for usage in the browser, but can also transform / bundle / package any resource or frontend asset.
Webpack can support every modern JS app, using ES6 or CommonJS modules, or both, create a single or multiple bundles, and in general can be customized to accomplish any application requirement.
The frontend assets on this app are placed on a more accessible directory, at
front/css, rather than
At any point, migration to a different backend (for example NodeJS) can be seamless since Webpack is running as a stand-alone bundler. There’s absolutely no dependence to the Asset Pipeline or any other framework-specific module.
15 Jan 2017
I have switched to using Atom as my main code editor about 2 years ago and never looked back. Atom is open source, cross-platform - built on top of Electron, and can be highly customized.
Here is my Atom setup:
UI Theme: One Dark
Syntax Theme: One Dark
This is the default theme on fresh Atom installations.
In the past I have been using Atom Dark, and it was quite hard to get used to something new, however One Dark is a lot more pleasing to the eye.
apm install editorconfig
Editorconfig helps developers to maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and platforms. You can also generate a new .editorconfig file using the Command Palette.
Hint: Disable Atom’s default “whitespace” package to avoid possible conflicts.
apm install docblockr
A powerful package that helps you writing code documentation.
It can generate complete doc blocks, and makes it extremely fast to tab your way through filling-in the variable types and descriptions.
Hint: make sure you check the Settings as it provides some neat customization options.
apm install highlight-selected
Highlight the current selected word occurrences. Extremely useful for quickly checking variables, functions etc.
apm install file-icons
Display file type specific icons everywhere (treeview, tabs, finder etc).
Makes it a lot easier to quickly identifying opened files.
apm install linter
Linter is the base package that provides linting functionality for various file types via plugins. Should be the developer’s first choice.
apm install linter-eslint
My favorite JS linter at the moment for NodeJS and React projects.
Hint: Check “Disable when no ESLint config file is found” on Settings.
apm install linter-jshint
Still need it for some older projects that were setup with it.
Hint: Check “Disable when no jshintrc file in path” on Settings.
apm install linter-jsonlint
Lint JSON files using jsonlint.
apm install linter-php
Lint PHP files using the php binary.
apm install linter-pylint
Lint Python files using pylint.
apm install linter-ruby
Lint Ruby files using ruby binary.
apm install linter-xmllint
Lint XML files using xmllint.
apm install minimap
Minimap provides a mini-preview of the full source code on every tab, and comes with a variety of useful plugins.
apm install minimap-cursorline
Display the location of the cursor position.
Hint: you can customize the color via your stylesheet.
apm install minimap-find-and-replace
Display the search matches.
apm install minimap-git-diff
Display git diffs, possibly one of the most useful plugins along with the next one.
apm install minimap-highlight-selected
Display the current selected word occurrences.
apm install hyperclick js-hyperclick
It lets you jump to where variables are defined, or even required files.
Hint: there are plugins for other languages based on the hyperclick base package.
apm install autocomplete-paths
Provides autocomplete functionality for relative paths and files. Not just for JS of course, but extremely useful on your imports/requires.
apm install atom-beautify
It can beautify a great variety of files, however I mainly use it to prettify JSON files.
apm install sort-lines
Sort selected lines, or get unique lines. Nice to have.
Other syntax support
apm install atom-jade
Adds Jade template language support.
Competition (VS Code)
You might be wondering why Atom and not VS Code. Especially when VS Code seems a lot faster (have you checked memory consumption though?).
Well at least for my needs, the above packages make me more productive. Some of them are not available on VS Code at all yet, or their respective ones are just not that powerful.
VS Code has some really cool features, like JS debugging with breakpoints that I am using sometimes. The integrated git and terminal support may also appeal a lot users, however I prefer to be using specific apps (like iTerm 2 and GitHub Desktop or SourceTree) that just do a lot more.
13 Jan 2017
This post is dedicated to the technologies and code that are powering up the site.
The site is hosted on GitHub Pages.
GitHub Pages is designed to host a static site directly from a GitHub repository.
Jekyll, a Ruby gem, is the library that does all the magic, generating the static content pages and blogs posts.
The two-columns responsive theme that is currently running is a customized version of the excellent Hyde theme.
Here’s how you can easily get started:
Now you can select a preferred theme, like Hyde, and place it inside the repo.
GitHub Pages is currently using Jekyll 3.x, so you may need to customize the
_config.yml for compatibility (example).
Running and viewing the site locally:
- Visit http://localhost:4000 on your browser
After customizing the look and feel, and adding some content, you should be ready to publish it!
Simply push to the appropriate branch on the remote GitHub repository.
You can also use a custom domain with GitHub Pages, which is really cool and easy to accomplish.
The full source code of this site is available at giannisp/giannisp.github.io.
04 Jan 2017
Hello World! I am Ioannis.
This post marks the beginning of my new personal site and blog!
I will be posting about coding-related stuff and tools that are part of my daily routine and I enjoy working with. Also you can expect hints and tips that are coming from my remote-working life.
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