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Emacs vs TextMate: What are the differences?

What is Emacs? The extensible self-documenting text editor. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

What is TextMate? The Missing Editor for Mac OS X. TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.

Emacs and TextMate can be categorized as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Emacs are:

  • Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.
  • Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
  • Full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts.

On the other hand, TextMate provides the following key features:

  • Ability to Search and Replace in a Project
  • Auto-Indent for Common Actions Like Pasting Text
  • Auto-Pairing of Brackets and Other Characters

"Vast array of extensions" is the top reason why over 57 developers like Emacs, while over 16 developers mention "Syntax highlighting" as the leading cause for choosing TextMate.

According to the StackShare community, Emacs has a broader approval, being mentioned in 96 company stacks & 68 developers stacks; compared to TextMate, which is listed in 13 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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What is Emacs?

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

What is TextMate?

TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.
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      Atom
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      Spacemacs
      Since version 0.101.0 and later Spacemacs totally abolishes the frontiers between Vim and Emacs. The user can now choose his/her preferred editing style and enjoy all the Spacemacs features. Even better, it is possible to dynamically switch between the two styles seamlessly which makes it possible for programmers with different styles to do seat pair programming using the same editor.
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      How developers use Emacs and TextMate
      Avatar of Yoandy Rodriguez
      Yoandy Rodriguez uses EmacsEmacs

      Emacs is my text editor/frontend to git/ blog editor/ filesystem explorer/ tool for editing remote files.

      Avatar of Mathias Vonende
      Mathias Vonende uses EmacsEmacs

      'The' editor for erlang/otp-systems, integrates niceley with git.

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      vgorloff uses TextMateTextMate

      Editing Source code, Automation scripts and other files.

      Avatar of Ismael Arenzana
      Ismael Arenzana uses EmacsEmacs

      Editor of choice. Vi fanboys please don't comment.

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