I liked what I read last week in the TextMate blog so much, I decided to use it exclusively for a project. When I tried TextMate back in the 1.0 days, I found I didn’t entirely care for it, for various reasons.
On the flight home last night, I used TextMate for some PHP editing and I was impressed with what I found. I kept elbowing Steve to show him little features that have been added/refined since I last used it.
While BBEdit has years of growth and maturity and deep features to show for it, TextMate is definitely catching up fast, and I believe it actually eclipses BBEdit in some places already.
It’s great to see this kind of growth in the Mac text editor space1.
- skEdit just released version 3.6 – haven’t had a chance to try it in-depth yet though. [back]
I like TextMate over BBEdit purely for its aesthetic qualities (the application itself, and superior syntax highlighting). I’d be interested to hear more details about what you like and dislike about each of them (TextMate, BBEdit and skEdit if you get to it).
When I was looking for a PHP editor for OS X, I was looking for something like NuSphere that had projects, syntax highlighting and syntax completion (in drop down form, not auto-complete). I was pretty disappointed to find that none of the applications I found met all of these requirements, so I’m still “in the market”, as it were. Any insights or opinions you had would be greatly appreciated.
On an unrelated note… What are the chances of making your comment box a little wider? I ramble far too much to fit into such a tiny box! 🙂
i’m still trying to hunt down a way to make Eclipse do the colors on black highlighting of TextMate; i’m sold.
I have been using TextMate with my Ruby development. For my Ruby stuff I use Locomotive. It has a built in function to launch the project in TextMate and has given me the ablitiy to build apps exteremely fast. I have been very happy with it. I haven’t been keeping up with the new but their road map for the product seems very promising.
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