Textmate Book Goes Into Technical Review

Textmate Book Goes Into Technical Review

I’m one of the lucky people performing the technical review of James Gray’s TextMate: Power Editing for the Mac from the Pragmatic Programmers. I received the PDF version this morning and finally got around to digging into it tonight. I’ve been itching to get started with it since James asked me to do it last week. He needed someone fairly new to TextMate to assist on the review so, hey, if you need a newbie, I’m your guy. I’ve only been using TextMate for a couple of months, so this is great opportunity for me to dig in and really learn the editor. Given my newly appointed “newbie” status it should come as no real surprise that, by Chapter 3, James had blown me away. His example on column selection and editing … wow. It’s not something I see myself using often, but it’s some powerful stuff.

The PDF currently stands at 198 192 pages, and although I’m only 40 pages into it, it’s apparent that James really knows his stuff. So far his examples have been straightforward, easy to understand, and to-the-point. My focus at this point it three-fold:

  • Does what he says make sense?
  • Do the examples work as advertised?
  • Does the material follow a logical flow?

After I finish the first read-through, I’ll go back through it looking for any possible improvements. I’ve got to have my feedback to them by November 27, so I’ve got to busy with it. Which begs the question, why the hell am I writing in my blog?