Scribes, which I had previously mentioned in this post sure is cool. It’s basically like TextMate, only stripped down and sold for parts. Scribes is what’s left of TextMate when they’ve sold off the wheels and the in-dash DVD player, the espresso machine and the spinners. Scribes allows you to easily and cleanly define templates (there is also a set of standard templates of some use which is linked to from the Template editor, though strangely not included in the distributed application itself…) through which you can tab pretty much exactly as in TextMate.
There is also text completion, though this only kicks in after 3 or more characters. It works at all times, including within quotes or other delimiters. Speaking of delimiters, it also has auto-wrapping like TextMate, where if you select a section of text and type a quote (or parenthesis or other character) it will wrap the selected text with a matching character automatically.
There are hotkeys for indenting and outdenting lines, and a few different syntax highlighting options.
All in all, I’m very impressed with this open source (call it Free, call it what you will…) product and look forward to further developments with open arms! You can bitch and moan all you want about missing features, but when it’s free and works well, you’ve got no legs to stand on.
I keep meaning to get around to writing up a tutorial on how to write an SEO-compatible ajax ratings widget (per the one I wrote for point.com) but as of yet simply haven’t had time. No, I’m far too busy reading bash.org and watching Danny Deckchair, a decent Aussie comedy that made me and the missus chuckle quite a bit. Interestingly, I just wikied it and discovered it was inspired by an actual incident involving a man flying for a good distance on a lawn chair. Funny story for the most part, particularly some of the info under “Arrest and Notoriety”. Sad page, however, as it notes his suicide as well.
Time for me to watch some video on Hobo and then sleep!