After yesterday’s post about dotject, it quickly became apparent that although some people may find it useful, they wanted the dotject functionality to be part of an IDE. This was always my intention and it’s now available as an Atom plugin.
Titled as “a hackable text editor for the 21st Century”, GitHub’s Atom has created some controversy about being a closed-source open-source text editor (yes you read that right). Although the core isn’t open source, developers have the ability to develop plugins and themes to completely change or enhance the way the editor works.
I found it easy to create an Atom plugin for dotject, mainly due to it’s familiarity with npm (it also has a root package.json file etc). Under the hood, it even uses my dotject node package, so there’s no duplication of the dotject code whatsoever.
Use the Atom package manager, which can be found in the Settings view or run
apm install dotject from the command line.
The default keymapping is
shift-cmd-J (although this can be configured). You simply highlight your dotject string and press
shift-cmd-J to perform the conversion.
a.b.c,d.e then pressing
shift-cmd-J will replace
It’s essentially 2 lines of code, with a little glue and keymapping: