[TxMt] Re: How About a Competition?

Fred B. fredb7 at starflam.com
Wed Nov 24 13:16:32 UTC 2004

On 24-nov.-04, at 04:41, Allan Odgaard wrote:

> On Nov 24, 2004, at 2:20, Stuart Wheeler 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.
> Oh, and my envisioned target audience had no printer! ;)

Hey, that's me without a printer! ;)

(Never needed the printer with TextMate, though. Sorry, the drunken guy 

BTW, this is my first post to the list. Hi everybody.
I registered TM a month ago. Though TM missed a few features or a bit 
of maturity to completely replace BBEdit, I liked the the way it was 
taking, so I wanted to support the project.
After a month of use, TM is my primary editor, I sometimes have to 
switch to BBEdit, mainly to view/replace some invisible chars and for 
finding/replacing stuff in huge projects, but when I do, I miss TM. ;) 
I use TM mainly for Ruby, Obj-C & C, shell scripting, a bit of html and 

So, thanks for TM, Allan, and continue the good work.

Fred B.

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