Is Textmate for me?
December 21, 2011 9:01 AM Subscribe
Those of you who are devotees of Textmate, I'd like you to convince me to switch.
posted by middleclasstool to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I started out as a hardcore Emacs guy, but heavy use brought on early warning signs of RSI. So I've learned (and learned to love) vi keybindings as well. Since vi doesn't have soft line wrapping with indent, which is kind of a deal breaker for me, I'm now running a bastardized setup of Emacs and viper-mode so I get all the goodness (and, yes, bloat too) of Emacs with none of the stress to my forearms. But it feels like the ultimate in Rube Goldberg setups.
And lately, the Mac nerds can't shut up about Textmate. I'm intrigued, and want to know if there are reasons for me to switch. Those of you who love it, can you tell me why?
I do a little C coding, HTML and CSS, but the vast majority of what I use text editors for is writing in (Multi)Markdown. I do a lot of notetaking and outlining this way, so having soft line-wrapping with indent is, as I said, a necessity to keep things readable. I love me some syntax highlighting, but don't need it.
As to keybindings, I'll only give up on home-row navigation with some pretty good reasons to do so. Googling tells me that the vi bundles for Textmate aren't very good, so I'm guessing I'd be stuck with arrow keys. Do the advantages outweigh the speed hit? Are the bundles as full of awesome as so many claim?