[TxMt] Re: Projects in TM2 Wikipage

Allan Odgaard mailinglist at textmate.org
Wed Feb 22 01:45:04 UTC 2012

On 21/02/2012, at 16.51, Max Lein wrote:

> […] I'd be happy if other people contribute and add suggestions. Perhaps it can become a handy tool for Allen to collect useful feedback. 

    > Favorites are as of now (r9064) not usable

The main use-case for favorites is to add your various project folders to favorites, then use ⇧⌘O to quickly open a project. Not to use the Favorites folder as your project root.

The dedicated button in the file browser is likely to disappear and ⇧⌘O is likely to be rolled into ⌘T — the basic feature though is quite useful and will remain.

    > This Windows Explorer-style way to sort files

As someone else pointed out, this can be changed.

    > Sorting files in lexicographical order does usually not reflect the order of importance

If you work on a book with chapters it is not unusual to prefix your file names with a sorting key, e.g. as in: http://svn.textmate.org/trunk/Manual/pages/en/

    > Many modern apps are moving away from the strict adherence to the files-folders metaphor [and] have revolutionized photo management/light editing by offering an abstraction layer to the file system

TextMate 1 is not modern but it also abstracted the file system by introducing ⌘T for quickly opening files via abbreviations (in addition to abstracting it via projects, which actually many *old* applications do).

    > Other editors such as BBEdit have allowed the user to edit remote files […] directly with no middle man

It has long been stated that integrating (s)ftp is not in the cards for TextMate. Use an (s)ftp file system for (s)ftp mounts. As indicated on this mailing list there are plans to publish API for custom data sources (for the file browser) which could let third parties implement it.

Overall your writings include too much rhetoric (like “useless” and “revolutionized”) and “comparisons added for effect” (like Windows Explorer and BBEdit). I suggest you avoid all this and boil it down to the actual points you are trying to make. Also avoid things like “X abstracted Y and that was good, so TM must abstract X as well” (with no real details about how it should go about doing that or what exactly the advantages are).

Pretty much the only “problem” I acknowledge on that page (with 7-800 words) is that in TextMate 1 you can drag multiple folders to the TextMate icon and get one window with the files combined, where TextMate 2 will open multiple windows. Though it does not mention why this use-case is common (needing to open multiple folders in same window).

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