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by James Gray
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf (February 22, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
TextMate is a powerful tool for programmers, web designers, and anyone else who regularly needs to work with text files on Mac OS X. TextMate focuses on pragmatic automation, which means it will save you time time that's always in short supply. See how your lowly text editor can become a hard working member of your staff.
TextMate is a full-featured text editor available for Mac OS X that can greatly enhance your text manipulation skills. TextMate is actually a thin shell over a personalized team of robot ninjas ready to do your bidding. Let's face it, who doesn't want their very own team of robot ninjas?
With TextMate you can do your normal work, but signal the ever-watchful ninjas as you go. At your command, they will launch into action, slicing through text, building repetitive structures of data in the blink of an eye, and much more. They will even post to your blog, handle your IRC conversations, and read your email.
Inside this book you will learn how to teleport instantly to the exact line of the file you need to be on, edit the data with the briefest incantations of power, and banish the end result to the land of your choosing. It's magic, as you can plainly see.
Leave the days of dull work behind. Learn your spells, gain access to your team of robot ninjas, and you too will be able to edit text so effortlessly that everyone watching over your shoulder will be forced to ask, "Wait, how did you do that?"
TextMate is a wonderful, powerful text editor with a few minor advantages over BBEdit (such as colorizing syntax, text folding of shell scripts, and a couple of other minor advantages). However, the reason I, personally, do not use TextMate is because of it's completely (vitrually) unscriptable with AppleScript. In my opinion, a text editor developed mainly for use by programmers (scripters, hobbyists, etc) should be scriptable.
I don't know if this is the place to leave my 2¢... sorry if I've over-stepped. But to see an advertisement for a book on a site dedicated to AppleScript for a program that doesn't allow Apple-Scripting... it doesn't seem to fit. It's very disappointing to see all that power and ease of use which makes up TextMate go to waste because of one (although back-breakingly major imo) flaw.
Perhaps one day...