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TextMate: Power Editing for the Mac


In case you hadn’t heard the buzz, TextMate is a full-featured OS X editor that can make programmers incredibly productive.

The secret is that it’s not really a text editor.

TextMate is actually a thin shell over a personalized team of robot ninjas ready to do your bidding. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want their very own team of robot ninjas?

In his latest book, TextMate Power Editing for the Mac (Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$29.95, 0-9787392-3-X), author James Edward Gray II shows you how to use TextMate to do your normal work, but signal the ever-watchful ninjas as you go. At your command, they will launch into action, slicing through text, inserting boilerplate, structuring source code, and much more. They will even post to your blog, handle your IRC conversations, and read your email.

These ninjas seem to be mind readers. They can transport you to exact line of the file you need to be on; they’ll watch what you type and anticipate what you need next. And they’ll help tuck your source code safely away at the end of the day.

Leave the days of dull work behind. Learn your spells, gain access to your team of robot ninjas, and you too will be able to edit text so effortlessly that everyone watching over your shoulder will be forced to ask, “Wait, how did you do that?”

Reviewer Praise

The amount of knowledge contained in the book is invaluable. It’s not only what’s written, but the ‘what-if’ attitude of the author. It encourages playing with TextMate. Effectively, the book took me from ‘TextMate User’ to ‘Official TextMate Bundle Maintainer’ in a few weeks. Such is the power of inspiration.

Ale Muno, TextMate Bundle Maintainer

Book Information

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Power Editing for the Mac

by James Edward Gray II

ISBN: 9780978739232, 208 pages, $29.95US, $41.95CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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