[TxMt] i-search in TextMate
wilkesjoiner at gmail.com
Mon Nov 29 04:14:32 UTC 2004
On Nov 28, 2004, at 7:05 PM, Wayne Larsen wrote:
> 1. It's faster. Yes, maybe you only have the find dialog box open for
> less than a second, but: "Ctrl-S + Partial search string" is always
> going to be faster than "Apple-F + Full Search String + Enter". Also
> launching the dialog box occasionally takes a non trivial amount of
> time, particularly if the app has been swapped out. Factor in people
> who type slower, or those people who search out that last little bit
> of efficiency and it makes a difference.
Yes, it is much faster.
> 2. Launching a dialog box is unnecessary for this task -- sometimes
> the dialog box obscures text that I am using for reference.
The above is why it is much faster. I cringe when forced to use a
dialog box for all searching. Being an emacs user and a firefox user,
these are key productivity boost when navigating some form of a text
> 3. Many apps are moving towards this style, and people may be used to
> this way of working. As an emacs user, the incremental search style
> of working was ingrained into my usage patterns, and when beginning to
> use TextMate I was regularly frustrated with its absence. In
> addition to emacs -- this style of search is now becoming default in
> apps, so more people may become used to this ability -- the isearch
> plugin for NSTextView, Firefox, iTunes, etc. Better to give those
> addicted to isearch their fix, rather than have them look elsewhere,
> That all said, I've largely gotten used to working without it. Indeed
> other features of TextMate such as making use of code folding has
> replaced my constant use of isearch for jumping around within a file.
> But I still look forward to the day it gets added to TextMate!
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