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Speedy workflows with atom.io
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6.1 Introduction to Packages

Code editors such as Atom and Sublime Text are usually pretty simple in the feature set. They don't provide as much power as an IDE such as Visual Studio or Intelligate do. However with Packages we can help bridge this gap. There are two ways we can go about installing and discovering Packages. The first is through our settings. From here we can hit on the Packages tab. From here we have a search bar where we can look up Packages. And below there's actually a set of featured Atom packages. Another place we can check out packages is at atom.io/packages. And what's cool about the website interface is we can see things that are trending by a certain time period. Right now we just have this week. But we can actually select today, or even this entire month. And down here, we can actually check out any new packages as well. Since Atom is fairly new, it's a really good idea to check out the packages from time to time, because new ones are really popping up all the time now. Another place to discover packages is on the Atom blog. Every now and then, they post out a blog called the New Package Roundup, and from here they list all these new and interesting packages. And we're are actually going to be checking out a couple that were mentioned in this blog post. Back in ATOM let's say we wannna search for packages that have to do with panes. So we would just search pane and hit enter. Now below we see a number of different packages that provide features with panes. We can just randomly choose the first one and install that. And as we're installing it, we'll see the cloud icon to the top right. And once it's finished installing, we get the green check mark. We have these three options below, which is Uninstall, Learn More and Settings. If we click Learn More, this will take us out to the package's page on the atom.io website. And usually, when we get to these pages, we can get a nice little animated GIF,. That shows us how this package is used. They'll also detail any associated key bindings with it as well. So actually, before we download, it's a good idea to click this Learn More and get a good idea of what the package actually does. We also can select Settings. From here in settings, we get a bit of information about the package. From here we can disable the package, uninstall it, report an issue, open the readme and even open it back up in Atom. If we disable it, then we remove any associated key bindings or resources that this package needs. If we uninstall it, then we just get rid of it. And if we need to find any packages that we've installed. We can go to this filter package search to the left. If we search terminal then we can see all the packages that have the word terminal in them. From there we can go and select that and then we're back into the package detail view. In some packages, such as this one provide us with more options. And also we can see the key bindings right down here. So, that's really all there is to managing packages. We have this package tab right here. And from here we can see new packages or search for specific packages as well. And to the left, we can do any searches to look through any installed packages. So now that we know how to do all of this, we'll start looking at some useful packages.

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