Atom Code And Text Editors

Working with JSON Documents in ATOM editor

In this post we will see how we can maximize our speed and performance while working with JSON documents in ATOM text editor. We will learn few shortcuts and some capabilities Atom editor offers while working with standard JSON.

Getting Started

Visit the Atom homepage to download and install the latest version of the editor for your Operating System. Optionally, you can also explore Themes and packages available for Atom. Here is what Atom looks like when it is opened:

Atom Editor home screen

Atom Editor home screen

Working with a JSON Document

We will create a JSON file to start with. To do so, press “Cmd + N” on Mac (Ctrl + N for Ubuntu/Windows) and paste some JSON content inside it. We use the following JSON object:

{
  "book_name" : "MongoDB",
  "author" : [
      {
        "name" : "Oshima"
      },
      {
        "name" : "Shubham"
      }
    ]
}

When you save the file with the “.json” extension, we will immediately see that JSON document is highlighted (based on your current theme):

JSON is Highlighted

JSON is Highlighted


If you try, you will find that you cannot fold the JSON documents on various levels which is often a needed feature. Let’s enable this feature in next section.

JSON Code Folding

To enable the code-folding feature of JSON documents, we need to install an Atom package as code-folding feature of JSON documents is not available by default. To achieve this, we need to install a new package for Atom known as Beautify. Follow the instructions mentioned on provided link to install this package for Atom. Or just follow the instructions here:

Settings/Preferences āž” Packages āž” Search for atom-beautify

Here is what we get back with this command:

Atom Beautify package

Atom Beautify package


Now, once you restart the Atom editor, we will see the following arrows in the JSON document:
Code-fold arrows in JSON

Code-fold arrows in JSON


You can try clicking on these arrows to fold the JSON at a given depth.

JSON Code Formatting

Code Formatting feature of JSON documents is not available by default in the Atom editor. We need to install a package for this task as well. Luckily, the package we installed last performs this function as well. So, if you have badly formatted JSON like:

{
  "book_name" : "MongoDB",
  "author" : [
      {
        "name" : "Oshima"},
      {"name" : "Shubham"
  }
    ]
}

We can simply click CTRL + ALT + B (on all Operating Systems) to beautify the JSON data in the file.

Conclusion

In this lesson we looked at how we can make and work with JSON Documents in one of the most popular text editor, Atom.

About the author

Shubham Aggarwal

Shubham Aggarwal

Iā€™m a Java EE Engineer with about 4 years of experience in building quality products. I have excellent problem-solving skills in Spring Boot, Hibernate ORM, AWS, Git, Python and I am an emerging Data Scientist.

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