TextMate Rocks

I’ve used BBEdit for years, but TextMate blows it away (except for one thing). TextMate’s bundles and plugins really make it shine. The only thing I miss in BBEdit is the FTP browser, which lets me open files directly from an FTP server, rather than using a separate FTP client.

Ciarán Walsh offers some great TextMate tips in his blog, including some features I wasn’t aware of. In his latest entry, he discusses the HTML bundle.

One unique feature of TextMate is that bundle commands can interact with the selection intelligently. For example, ^< (shift-ctrl-<) with no selection will insert opening and closing <p> tags with the first 'p' selected. If you change it to something else, the closing tag will reflect it. As far as I know, there's no way to do anything like that in BBEdit. If only TextMate added FTP support, it would be perfect.

3 thoughts on “TextMate Rocks”

  1. I love the TextMate bundle editor. In fact, I find it even better than TextExpander, because of one little feature.

    I also use TextMate's bundle editor to add in WordPress template tags I use often, like wptitle-TAB spits out the permalink tag, etc. 🙂

    I love TextMate.

  2. Yes, absolutely. Textmate rocks. The bundles aro what makes it great: all these tools from people who use the tools day in and day out.

    The one thing I still use BBEdit for is its file compare feature (since I hate hate hate FileMerge). Snippets alone blow BBEdit out of the water.

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