John Joyce wrote:
> 
> On Jul 20, 2007, at 6:46 PM, Logan Capaldo wrote:
> 
>> On 7/20/07, alex_land <doug.ybarbo / gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> Greetings:
>>>
>>>
>>> I am new to Ruby (from C++) so these are quite basic questions i'm
>>> afraid.
>>>
>>> My questions are also more about Editor mechanics rather than Ruby per
>>> se-if anyone can suggest a better forum, my apologies, just let me
>>> know and i'll re-post.
>>>
>>> I have spent the few weeks with Ruby using irb from the Terminal and
>>> Text Edit, while i got a better sense from the Ruby Community
>>> regarding the editors of choice. So yesterday i bought a license to
>>> TextMate, which by the way, might just be the most beautiful (and t/4
>>> useful) App i have ever seen, let alone owned and used.
>>>
>>> My question relates to "commands" (i believe this term has two
>>> meanings in TM-i'm using it to refer to one of the three automation
>>> means).  "Scope"?
>>>
>>> 1.  Can I specify different lexical scopes for different
>>> "languages" (that might not be the TM lingo-i mean "Ruby," "HTML,"
>>> "Text," etc.)?
>>>
>>> 2.  If i leave this field empty, is my default, "unlimited scope?"
>>>
>>> 3. When i go to the Bundle Editor, i get a drop down of like 20 or so
>>> languages-3-5 of these i'll use regularly, another 3-4 ocasionally,
>>> and the rest, unlikely. I see i can "filter" which i've done before in
>>> other editors, so i know from painful experience that when i've had to
>>> re-add one or more of these, and i do an update, all default bundle
>>> items write over my customizations.  T/4, i would like to put my 3-5
>>> "everyday set" in a different folder to prevent this.  Is there a
>>> better solution w/ TM?
>>
>>
>> I don't use TextMate myself, however James Edward Gray II who is a
>> prolific
>> and helpful contributor to this list has written a book (which I haven't
>> read) all about TextMate. It might be worth checking out.
>>
>> http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/textmate/index.html
>>
>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> -alex
>>>
>>>
>>>
> Mr. Gray not only wrote "the" book on TextMate (available also as a pdf
> ebook at the Pragmatic Programmers' site at a discount versus the print
> book) but he also wrote a lot of bundles for TextMate, I believe.
> Get the book. Read a little bit of it at a time. Just learn something
> new every day or two or ten. As you learn your way around TextMate you
> will find your productivity increasing rapidly, particularly with Ruby,
> Rails and HTML.
> For some languages there may be better solutions available.
> PHP, especially big projects, for example is probably best done with
> Zend's IDE.
> TextMate also works well with Transmit, Panic software's nice FTP app.
> TextMate's big weakness is with non-western languages. Japanese for
> example. It can display the characters (if they're in the font you are
> using) but things go crazy when you use the Kotoeri input system. This
> is why in Japan many Rubyists are using Jedit or something.

TextMate has a much bigger weakness ... it only runs on a Mac. :(