Macs and TextMate

Before i started using TextMate i heard that some people switch to Macs just so that they can use TextMate! I didn’t believe a word of it … but now i am in that exact position! Ruby on Rails is so much easier to program in TextMate, particularly writing and running RSpec tests. Just to be able to press Cmd+Shift+Down to switch to the spec (and create it if necessary) and using Ctrl+r to run the specs, or Ctrl+Shift+R to run a singe spec. Last night i was writing some test specs and it was unbelievably painful without TextMate!

But i have long been a fan of opensource, free software. I don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on expensive hardware and expensive operating system just so that i can use TextMate! Somebody seriously needs to make a Linux version of TextMate. People would pay for it! I have been using gedit as best i can but it’s the snippets and macros that make TextMate really good.

One of my colleagues uses and recommends jEdit. I’m going to give it a try. Apparently you can run specs quite easily within it, so i reckon it’s got to be worth a go.

Oh yeah, and i can borrow my boss’s old MacBook to use at RailsConf so i’ll look like one of the cool kids! ;)


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