I recently got into the [Atom] beta and have been using it for the past couple of weeks with no problems at all. One of the big features of [Atom] is that it is hackable to the point that it comes by default with a make new package command.

The only package I really use at the moment is Zen which is super simple, if you look at the source all it does it attach a couple of extra classes and supply a stylesheet.

Most of my work at the moment has been focused around Jekyll so it was as good a place as any to start thinking about a package. I quickly wrote jekyll-new-post and threw it out into the wild but pretty much as soon as I fixed issue #1 I started thinking of other things I could get Atom to do for me and it quickly became apparent that jekyll-new-post was to focused a name.

Jekyll-Atom

Instead of creating hundreds of Jekyll themed packages I decided to bundle everything into one, this way if you are using Jekyll you just install this 1 package and get all the functionality instead of picking and choosing.

What can it do?

First off it provides a bunch of snippets for HTML/GFM/MD e.g. jv expands to {% raw %}{{ ... }}{% endraw %}. A full list of the snippets appears in the settings when you install the package.

It then currently has 3 commands that can be triggered a multitude of ways. One to open the layout for the current document, so this post has layout:post in its front matter if I press Cmd+Alt+L Atom will open _layouts/post.html for me. Secondly it adds a command to the pallet to open _config.yml not the most ground breaking feature but its nice to have. Lastly it provides the same box as [jekyll-new-post] making that plugin redundant, anyone using it will need to disable it before using [Jekyll-Atom].

I’m using this new plugin here with no issue but if you find one you can open an issue on the github repo and I will look at it.

I have a couple of ideas for expanding it but I need to look more at how Atom works behind the scenes and whether I can link into things like autocomplete.

A Jekyll extension for Atom

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