[TxMt] Another Editor War Sparked by TextMate
bbum at mac.com
Fri Nov 10 20:38:49 UTC 2006
On Nov 10, 2006, at 4:59 AM, Andy Armstrong wrote:
> I'd say this is way more telling:
Telling? Yes, but not about the relative popularity of the two
No more so than O'Reilly's book sales numbers (which are also
available publicly) are a good indication of language popularity.
Something like "trends" for a product is often a more accurate
indication as to the # of releases or the amount of "news" generated
around the product, neither of which have any real indication as to
the # of users or licenses. As well, the very nature of TextMate
creates a much larger footprint on the internet than BBEdit as a
result of the open bundle repository and "online-ness" of the primary
This entire "editor war" is stupid.
Any long time user of a text editor is going to find a different
editor implemented with a different philosophy to be painful to
use. Just as long term BBEdit users don't find TM to be usable,
neither can a long term emacs user find BBEdit to be usable (I tried
to use BBEdit. Couldn't do it. Too alien to emacs.).
BBEdit is an amazing product. Experienced users of BBEdit can do
things that completely run circles around TextMate. But that is
because they are using BBEdit in a highly optimal usage pattern that
efficiently uses the BBEdit core.
Same goes for TextMate users. There is an entirely different set of
features for which an experienced TM user will blow the doors off a
BBEdit user attempting to do the same thing.
The two products are different. At this time, neither is
particularly better overall. Both have strengths and weaknesses and
both are built such that a truly immersed user in one of the products
is going to find the other product completely inferior.
Ultimately, so what?
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