Agile Otaku

SBT Build in Sublime Text 2

Theres the itch again. I thought of something cool to code, fired up my IntelliJ.

Splash screen shows up...


Loading Plugins.. ...

Waiting.. ...

Then I thought of looking at my blog feeds... then twitter. An interesting article from InfoQ caught my attention. About the recent Visual Studio 11 Beta. Sigh... I have not touched Visual Studio for so many years now... I wish Java IDEs are like it too. Fast, not resource hogging. Wait, I forgot, about a while ago I opened my IntelliJ IDE to code something in Scala. Is it opened yet? Oh it is! But what was my world changing idea again? Uhh.. ummm..

I am easily distracted. This happens to me many times. Sometimes, just opening a simple text editor would keep me from distractions.

So I decided to do something about it. I will do my quick hacks in Sublime Text 2.

First I setup my sbt np plugin. NP will help me generate my SBT project easily which I will show later.

Setup my NP settings

vim ~/.sbt/plugins/build.sbt

Then add the following to that file

addSbtPlugin("me.lessis" % "np" % "0.2.0")

resolvers += "lessis" at ""

Dont remove the extra line. SBT uses it as delimiter.

Then add the following to ~/.sbt/np.sbt

touch ~/.sbt/np.sbt
echo "seq(npSettings:_*)" >> ~/.sbt/np.sbt

Now that I have my np sbt plugin setup. I can start quickly generating my sbt project with the following steps.

mkdir sbtproject
cd sbtproject
[info] Loading global plugins from /Users/hugeaim/.sbt/plugins
[info] Set current project to default-2a75f7 (in build file:/Users/hugeaim/apps/projects/sandbox/sbtproject/)
> np name:myproject
[info] Generated build file
[info] Generated source directories
[success] Total time: 0 s, completed Feb 25, 2012 11:53:48 AM

I can then open this folder with Sublime Text 2.

Next I need to setup my Sublime to use a custom build system

Restart the editor. Then select SBT as the build system for this project.

Everytime you want to test if your code builds, just press Super+B. Navigate through the build errors using F4 and Shift+F4.


Instead of using NP, I could have used

$ touch build.sbt
$ mkdir -p src/{main,test}/scala
$ e build.sbt # fill in the basics (name, organization, version)
$ touch && e
$ sbt
# start coding

And instead of using sublime build system, I could just use

sbt ~compile

Which would automatically compile my project everytime a new file is saved.

Thats it. But of course, I love IntelliJ. It is one of my favorite IDE for Java.