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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Digging TextMate

I still remember being at CFP in 1996 and sitting behind some supercool geek who was using BBEdit to take notes. I imprinted immediately, and I was onboard with that wonderful application from 4.0 all the way to 6.5. Somewhere around 7.0, though, BBEdit began to lose the plot. Its transition to OS X had always seemed halfhearted, and all those buttons for generating HTML were looking very quaint. The menus and preference dialog had grown unwieldy, almost byzantine.

To make a long story short, after trying everything under the sun (really; I don't think there's a single native editor for OS X that I didn't fire up at least once), I switched to TextMate a couple weeks ago and am completely sold. It consistently works the way I want it to work and leads me to discover features I didn't know I needed. Its bundle system solves the cruft problem that's killing BBEdit, and provides an organized, accessible way for users to expand the app's featureset. It's a Cocoa app with a good native feel. I even bought it, which is a remarkable thing for a cheap, indecisive, open source guy like me to do.


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    By Jon, at 4:04 PM  

  • I've heard that complaint before. I've found it very responsive, but I don't often have more than five or ten docs open at once.

    By pbx, at 11:23 AM  

  • Now that I'm sold on TextMate, I love using it with the Snipplr TextMate Plugin which let's you search and insert code snippets or submit your own code right from TextMate to Snipplr.

    By Jon, at 8:43 AM  

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