3 main advantages for using WebStorm
1. It helps you increase code quality
2. It reduces your mistakes
3. It allows you to write code faster
A few features and functions
1. Live Edit plugin allows you to immediately see in a browser the changes made in the editor. The awesome thing is that this works both ways. If you add some text or some additional elements to the page you’re working on, everything you do will be shown in the browser. If you change something in the browser, the changes will be reflected in the Elements area. For a better understanding, JetBrains came up with an explanatory video that can be watched here. 2. WebsStorm is an IDE that works with projects. It includes the functionality of a text editor, but that’s only a small part of the whole thing. WebStorm integrates several control systems, including GIT, a free & open source control system for managing small to very large projects. You can check in revisions, browse the repository, create and apply patches and more. With WebStorm is easy to start new projects. It has built-in support for Twitter’s Bootstrap framework, for HTML5 Boilerplate, etc.
3. WebStorm’s Settings dialog it’s known for its live search feature. If you don’t agree with the way that WebStorm indents your code, you can simply type “indent” and the tool will only select the categories related to indenting code.
4. CTRL+SHIFT+A is a function that helps you discover solutions when you don’t know how to proceed. By pressing CTRL+SHIFT+A, the tool lets you type in an action that you want to perform (for example, Fold). WebStorm will search for items and settings in its entire menu, in order to allow you to finish your task directly from that dialog. It will also provide a list of shortcuts. In case you need to complete another action, there will be no need to press CTRL+SHIFT+A again.
New technologies always bring new opportunities. From time to time, improving the way you work by giving new tools a try is the best way to go. Why wouldn’t you replace an old instrument with a time saving one? The fact that you are accustomed to it is not a valid argument. Only by trying new things, you’ll discover what works best for you. Alin decided to stick to WebStorm for many reasons:
- it helps him increase code quality
- it helps him reduce mistakes
- it allows him to write code faster
Did you use WebStorm? We’d be more than happy to hear about your experience. See you in the comments!