Marnen Laibow-Koser wrote:
Robert Walker wrote:
As for the comment earlier about "blowing" your money on TextMate, I am
in complete disagreement. That's the best €39 I think I've ever spent on
Um, I meant "blow" in the sense of "spend irreversibly", not in the
sense of "waste". I know that TextMate is, by all reports, an excellent
program. However, I also know that a lot of Rails developers seem to
have tunnel vision when it comes to editors, so I just wanted to point
out a couple of free alternatives that the OP could evaluate. Sorry if
my choice of words was misleading.
Yea, maybe my comment sounded a bit more harsh than intended. I just
wanted to point out that there are sometimes compelling reasons to spend
money on good software when it can make you more efficient. That is as
opposed to using free software that just gets the job done.
Then I guess I should ask: in your opinion, what makes TextMate worth
In a word, "bundles."
And, the longer form: TextMate gives me exactly what I want in a text
editor, which is a feature set designed to help enter code. I'm not
talking about assistance entering method names (as in code completion).
I really care very little about that. I'm talking about getting help
entering code without getting in my way all time with popup menus
suggesting things it "thinks" I might want to enter (and getting it
wrong about half the time).
Or, getting me stuck with a "beach ball" while it goes off trying to
figure out what I might want to enter next, as is the case with the Java
based IDE that I'm stuck with in my day job as a Java programmer.
All I can say is, download the 30 day trial of TextMate. Read the docs
and really get to know the editor. Chances are, if you're like most of
use who have tried it, you'll happily whip out that credit card to buy
your very own copy of this wonderful editor.
I know, I sound like a TextMate salesman, but really I'm just a happy