[TxMt] snippets.el: a bow of deference?
throw-away-1 at macromates.com
Wed Jun 21 00:06:26 UTC 2006
On 20/6/2006, at 19:16, Kamen Nedev wrote:
> [...] quote, "TextMate-like snippets (snippets.el)"...
And for vim users: “This file contains some simple functions that
attempt to emulate some of the behaviour of 'Snippets' from the OS X
editor TextMate” -- http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?
I believe this one even imports property lists :)
> [...] How can a resolutely closed-source application like TM
> attract such an open-source-like community environment? Does it
> have anything to do with software architecture (a closed framework
> with an open approach to extensibility through bundles), or with
> Allan's social skills?
I think Mats Persson suggested it could be my minor in psychology
which allows me to carefully play this game of double standards ;)
Seriously though, my guess would be a combination of having it be a
very customizable app in nature, i.e. it really invites you to
customize, then having a user base mostly of geeks who do like to
customize things, and lastly provide an infrastructure to cooperate/
comment on these things (svn, rss feed for the change log, mailing
lists, and irc channel.) -- and of course being present myself in
Though I agree with Alaric Snell-Pym in that alone the fact that it
is customizable does bread end-user innovation, regardless of what
the developer does. I believe there are also very enthusiastic user
groups e.g. for Photoshop who writes cool extensions, even though
Adobe is probably a faceless cooperation to most.
But no matter what it is, let it be absolutely clear that I am
grateful for the community which exists around TextMate -- especially
since I use a lot of functionality written by other users :)
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