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 "http://repo.lessis.me"

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
sbt
[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.

Alternatives

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 README.md && e README.md
$ 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.

Though English is my country's official language it is not my native tongue. If you find anything wrong with my phrases, or any incorrect information, write it out loud in the comments section. The world will be a bit better that way.
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