Tuesday, June 13, 2006

MacDevCenter talks with TextMate developer

MacDevCenter talks with TextMate developer - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW):
TextMate is the up and coming text editor that many people are switching to.
MacDevCenter recently spoke with Allan Odgaard, the man behind the application.

I'm a TextWrangler/Vi person myself. Before that I was an Emacs person. The move to VI was spurred by the need to use it at work. TextWrangler made it easier with its capability to open remote files via ssh. I'm not sure TextMate has that ability yet. I tried it a while back, but it didn't have that feature which is a must for me. Very few editors have that capability. Emacs, and vi both have that capability as well, but it doesn't work as well as it does with TextWrangler. However, TextWrangler doesn't have many of the features that are a boon to coding, such as foldable code-blocks or Triggers, that TextMate have.

One other feature that I really liked in TextMate was the ability to open up a directory in the side cabinet of the app which makes working within a source directory, and switching and opening files really easy. In TextWrangler, the side cabinet only lists open files, and it is one feature that I have been yearning for.

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