Sublime Text is one of the most popular editors for developers. It has tons of power, extremely light weight, and with a package system the customizations are limitless. I made the switch to it from TextMate years ago and even after all that time I’ve never truly mastered the editor.

Wes Bos understood that problem and wrote a book on the subject to help you not only learn your way around but to save you time. Sublime Text Power User covers everything from your first steps, to themes, shortcuts, macros, to tips and tricks.

I got to sit down with Wes and find out a little more about the book, the videos, and some of the ways he uses Sublime Text.

When I first tried Sublime Text the goto was life changing for me. What is your favorite Sublime Text feature?

Mine is very similar – I love the command palette and the goto anything command – these two windows allow you to access any command, file, line, function, method or selector in your entire project. I was previously a heavy user of the mouse and the find option – now I rarely use those to move around my code – there are much better ways!

My big complaint with Sublime Text is I can’t ever remember the shortcuts. Do you offer advice on tricks to memorize these?

As with anything, it takes a little practice. My tip for people is that when you do something manually with the mouse, stop and spend the 30 seconds that it takes to re-learn the shortcut. This will happen 3-4 times before you start to get the hang of it. The brain is really powerful and all it takes to train new skills is a little persistence and repetition.

With the Build systems, Git integration, and Linting you can get pretty close to a heavy IDE.

That is what makes Sublime Text so great – not everyone needs a heavy IDE, but some of the more commonly used features are totally available without slowing down the editor. The community has been great at making packages that extend the features of the editor.

Besides giving just an overview of Sublime Text what other goals does the book have?

My hope with this book is to uncover some of the most useful parts of Sublime Text that you can immediately implement into your workflow. There are so many features – big and small – that just don’t get enough usage. Many readers come back after reading the book lamenting how they wished they had known all this stuff sooner.

Time is a huge factor in staying productive. Your editor is the one tool you spend most of yours in and you should invest in optimizing your workflow skills. You’ll benefit from them everyday. Wes has some of the best insights in workflow of anyone I know. — Addy Osmani

The other goal of the book is to make you more productive – it pays for itself by not only making you a faster developer, but a better one. I want to help you increase the quality of the code that you write.

What Sublime Text theme and style are you currently using?

Over the past 5 years, I’ve been working on one called Cobalt2 which is a constantly evolving, easy on the eyes blue color scheme with good contrast for things like keywords and methods. It also comes with a theme that does custom sidebar icons which is something relatively new to Sublime Text!  

Besides the book, you offer a book + video package. Can you tell us about the advantage of getting both?

There are some things that are hard to explain in text, and make so much sense in a video. I’ve always loved and learned a lot by watching other developer code and use their editor. The videos are a perfect companion to the book as well as they serve as a great reference for when you need a quick refresh.


If you’d like to learn more about Sublime Text and learn to save time with your editor be sure and check out Sublime Text Power User. Also as a bonus if you buy it today take $10 with the coupon LARAVEL


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Lumen is a brand new PHP framework from Taylor Otwell designed for building lightning fast micro-services and API’s. When speed is a necessity, Lumen should be your first choice.

One of the neat things about the framework is you can still use all the Laravel features you love like Eloquent, caching, queues, validation, routing, middleware, and the powerful Laravel service container. Plus if you start your project with Lumen and eventually need even more power, moving to the full featured Laravel is a simple process.

To find out more behind the scenes I had a quick interview with Taylor about the project:

What made you decide to create Lumen?

When I was building Envoyer, I wrote two small “micro-services” to support it. One of them is the post-deployment health checks. That is a small application that lives in three different DigitalOcean regions. I used Silex for that application; however, I had to re-research how to make a PDO database connection. I would have loved to just have a very small Laravel installation that I could use DB::update out of the box.

The other Envoyer service is the “heartbeat” Cron monitoring. Since these URLs could be called every minute by hundreds, if not thousands of Cron jobs, I needed that to be very fast. So, I used Slim for that service. But, again, I had to setup some more robust error handling as well as database connections. I again would have preferred a small Laravel “light” installation.

That’s where the idea for Lumen was born. It took me three or four iterations of building the framework to find a solution that was fast enough. I was not going to release Lumen unless I could say it’s faster than Silex and Slim out of the box. I didn’t want to release something that was slower than the alternative options.

Where did the name Lumen come from?

Lumen is a play on the “Illuminate” components that Laravel utilizes. The Illuminate components are the individual pieces of the Laravel framework such as database, cache, queue, etc. So, first, I think Lumen sounds cool as a name. It’s only two syllables, instead of three like Laravel. That may sound crazy, but I think about that kind of thing and the mental images that are conjured up when you say the word. Of course, it also continues the tradition of “light” based names.

Being able to upgrade right into Laravel is huge. Was this the plan from the beginning?

Yes, and it’s really just a natural outcome of using the Illuminate components that make up the full-stack Laravel framework. Since we use those components, it’s easy to provide a really great upgrade story, and I feel like that is something missing from other micro-framework solutions. Since the Laravel eco-system now contains both a full-stack framework and a micro-framework that are “officially” supported, we can provide really great upgrade stories.

How were you able to get the framework so fast, while still keeping so many great features?

This is again due to the great convenience of the Illuminate components. Basically, all I needed to do was “glue” them together in a different way than a full-stack framework would glue them together. This means instead of maximum flexibility in the bootstrapping process, Lumen opts for maximum speed. The actual Lumen framework repository is probably only a dozen files or so. The rest is made up of the Illuminate components. This allowed me to flesh out the features of the framework very quickly, though it did take me three or four iterations to find a solution that was really, really fast while still providing very powerful features.


Lumen is surely to a big hit and I think the way you can easily move into Laravel is a huge long term benefit for not only Lumen but the whole Laravel ecosystem. To stay up to date with all the latest happenings on Lumen be sure and join the weekly newsletter.


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