TextMate 2 is on its way! TextMate users, rejoice: after years of waiting, TextMate 2 is just around the corner. But is it too late?   The official announcement is here. A public beta will be available before Christmas. TextMate, for those of you unaware, is a much-loved coderís text editor for OS X. A few years ago, it was pretty much the coderís editor, despite being a relative newcomer to the scene. Time passed, and an update, TextMate 2, was promised. TextMateís loyal users waited. And waited. Developer Allan Odgaard posted an update in mid-2009 to reassure them:
Progress is steady, it is starting to take shape, and the end is in sight Ö TextMate 2 is no minor facelift. Itís a major undertaking with a long timeline and its final form isnít fully settled. I donít want to hype vaporware, and I donít want to get anyoneís hopes up before I know I can meet their expectations.
But still, users waited. As the years went by, some started to drift away. A quick glance at this Hacker News thread gives you a good idea of some of the paths TextMate users have trodden in those intervening years. TextMateís developers were keen to stress all along that version 2 would be released when it was done, and not before. They were determined to take as long as necessary to reach that point. The downside of this approach is that fresh newcomers have come along and enticed users away, the cross-platform Sublime Text among them. As one commenter on the Hacker News thread remarks:
Itís good to hear, but itíll have to be pretty damn impressive to retake the ground lost to Sublime Text 2 and vim.
Who knows? TextMate earned its reputation by being pretty damn impressive first time round. What do you think? Are you one of those people who moved on to a different editor, or have you stuck with TextMate all these years? What are you hoping to see in the update?

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