Sublime Text 2

TextMate users, meet Sublime Text. Its TextMate’s younger, flashier, cousin.

Don’t get me wrong, I love TextMate. It’s been the best native text editor on the Mac for quite some time. However, the message is clear:

Sublime to TextMate, “Anything you can do, I can [or likely will soon be able to] do better.”

Pros

  • Open Quickly kicks the pants off of TextMate’s ‘Go to File’. It’s faster, preloads documents, and allows you to jump right to functions and lines within files.
  • Split Panes! While I haven’t actually used this feature yet, I can recollect situations where it may prove useful. For example, jumping between models and schema.rb in rails apps…
  • Uses tmBundles for syntax highlighting and tmThemes for color schemes. Just copy and go.
  • You can configure just about anything, including hiding the obnoxious mini-map.

Cons

  • No CLI binary. This means I’m still in TextMate for my git commits… :/
  • Doesn’t do as well as TextMate with file reloads from outside Sublime. I’ve run into a couple instances where I’d switched git branches and Sublime didn’t update the open files.
  • The mini-map is weird. This is Sublime Text 2, not Starcraft II. Let’s be real guys, on my 15″ MacBook, I’ve got code over there.

Granted, it’s in alpha, so it’s bound to be a little flaky. However, it’s under active development and getting better all the time. I’ve been using it steady for a few days now and I find myself spending more time in Sublime than TextMate.

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