TextMate is quite the hot text editor. The most interesting feature is the ability to define macros with placeholders which can be tabbed between, a good (but long) demo of TextMate’s features can be seen here. My justification for resisting TextMate’s wily ways is four-fold:
- It’s Mac OS X only.
- It’s closed source
- It costs money.
- It doesn’t have a command line version.
I was excited to discover a text editor with similar functionality for Linux called Scribes, which is open source and free of cost. It too has a good (and much shorter) demo. My only remaining complaint is that it doesn’t have a command line version, which I might be able to forgive in return for intense macro goodness.
Now what would really be nice is if my current text editor of choice already had this functionality and I am simply unaware of it.
Posted by Red Scott @ 11:31 am