[TxMt] Target Audience (was: How About a Competition?)
"textmatelist." at mac-fu.com
Wed Nov 24 10:02:27 UTC 2004
On 24 Nov 2004, at 03:41, Allan Odgaard wrote:
>> What is the target audience of TextMate?
> Interesting question :) As of such, I had myself in mind when I wrote
> TextMate -- I expect that people who want things to be simple, even
> when it requires work to make them simple, sums up the type of person
> I think of as the ideal TextMate user.
> So there's no particular task I have in mind for TM and the skill set
> I expect from the user is curiosity and the ability to combine
> existing tools to solve new problems (and long term, shell programming
> + regular expressions, but this can be learned hand in hand with TM).
> I don't know how well this fit other editors. Personally I think most
> editors try to solve a specific task instead of offering “tools” to be
> combined. Emacs and vim being the exceptions, but these do IMHO fail
> to make the simple stuff simple, they have a very steep learning
> curve, and they just don't fit in on OS X -- so probably the target
> audience for TM is people who really wanted to use Emacs/vim if it
> wasn't for the disadvantages just mentioned.
That's quite a relief to hear. I was beginning to worry that I wasn't
in the target audience. ;-)
As someone who has used Vim with varying degrees of success, but wasn't
sure whether to get into it deeper (I even bought the book); and tried
and soon gave up on Emacs (I had a book for that, too!), it looks like
I'm sat in the middle of it. :-)
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