Mastering web-storm

- Mohammed Lakkadshaw

I am big fan of sublime text, and I use it extensively. Then I came across WebStorm, I like it and I want to learn more about it, because any craftsman should know how to use his tools effectively. So I was looking for some tutorial and videos on mastering web storm and I came across this excellent video by John Lindquist. I highly recommend that you watch the video.

I have also tried to summarise what's there in the video, but I recommend that you watch the whole thing, but for those who cannot spare the time to watch the whole thing, here is the excerpt:

Code Inspect:

Webstorm offers a nice code inspector, and to inspect code, right click on any directory inside Webstorm and click inspect Code. It will give you a list of the issues and warnings and improvements which you can make, and is kind of really useful when your are doing code reviews and stuff like that.

Autocomplete Shortcut: Whenever a small bulb appears in Web storm, it indicated that Webstorm has some suggestions, and you can hit alt+Enter to bring the menu which shows the suggestions.

Go back in time: Webstorm has a nice auto-save feature, you don't have to manually save things in Webstorm, and when you have changed something and want to revert your change you can go back in time by: Right-click-> local history

Getting things from CDN: When using CDN in script tags and stylesheets src, Webstorm will show a warning, you can hit alt+Enter->Download locally, by doing that it will download the linked file and show autocomplete off that.

Fine tune suggestions: In Webstorm you can fine tune the settings about auto-complete, suggestions, warning and errors. Click on the lower right hand side corner->on hector the inspector and fine tune the inspection

Keyboard shortcuts:

To learn about keyboard shortcuts, go to Shorcut Foo


Cmd + Shift + A bring the action bar. Select content, and press cmd+shit+a and select create live template. And add variable by $name$ and $end$ to specify where the cursor ends. Webstorm uses velocity template language.


Refactor this shortcut CMD+SHIFT+ALT+T /+tab automatically generate the document Cmd+Alt+V** to pulling out variable.


Open up the file structure: can also be invoked by cmd+f12

To navigate project: cmd+shift+n, wildcard are also supported s/a/*.js -> source/auto/ and all the javascript cmd+alt+shift -> type the name of the method and cmd+shift+i while doing this, will also show preview of the file, and cmd+shift+j while doing that will show documentation if available.

Version control:

Webstrom also has an integrated VCS manager, to bring the VCS Popup hit Ctrl+V. Webstorm is also integrated with Github, you can easily import your github repos in Web-storm.

External tools:

To add external tools, go to Preference -> External tools and add details about the external tools you want to add, for e.g. Yeoman

File launchers:

If you create a coffee script file, it will ask you to add a watcher, and it will generate the corresponding js file, same if for sass etc.

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