[TxMt] Questions about Templates

Neil kngspook at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 12:42:01 UTC 2009

I'm making some custom templates (among other things) for my favorite
languages, and I need some advice/best practices about them.

1. I heard that people are moving away from normal Templates and towards
Snippets for this purpose; is this correct?

2. One advantage I see with Snippets is that it lets me set the filename
(which I can then use) before calling the Snippet, which is not possible
with a Template unless I'm in a project. Is there some way around that with

3. As I make these Templates, I'm finding a lot of common text between them,
and when I want to tweak it across the board...well, it's like programming
without functions. What, if anything, can I do to reduce redundancy in my

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