How to add Ant and NAnt support to TextMate

How to add Ant and NAnt support to TextMate

The moment my 30 day evaluation of TextMate expired, I ordered a copy. The last time I got so enthused about an application that I stumped up the cash for it was about 3 years ago, with Delicious Library. Today I used it to edit some NAnt files. Here’s how.

My ancient little Mac Mini already had Subversion. I installed Mono so I could get a working copy of NAnt. You’ll need both.

You need to run this in a Terminal window to enable syntax highlighting for both tools:

export LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8
mkdir -p /Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles
cd /Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles
svn co
svn co
osascript -e ‘tell app “TextMate” to reload bundles’

The TextMate bundles repository has some non-ASCII encodings, so the first line just ensures that you have a UTF-8 encoding selected. The middle 4 lines make a directory, and put the Ant and NAnt bundles in that directory. The last line reloads the bundles for you if TextMate is already running. What a pleasant way to do .NET.

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2 thoughts on “How to add Ant and NAnt support to TextMate

  1. Tim Harding says:

    Hrm… I reckon TextMate is a pile of shit compared to most text editors I’ve worked with but I still use it everyday.Curse it’s letter at a time undo and it’s SVN integration.Why in a free market is this the best that’s available?To paraphrase Ivan: I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: the IntelliJ IDEA developers to buy TextMate and make it into a freakin’ awesome Mac native UNIX mashing code editor that is polished to a high gloss.

  2. Julian says:

    Tim,I totally love the bundles and think they make it worth buying. The thing I miss is the Eclipse ALT-UP keys for moving lines up and down the file.Subversion integration isn’t a big deal for me yet. I don’t write much code at the moment.I do have Eclipse on my ancient Mac Mini, but it just feels wrong – and TextMate just feels better. Maybe somebody put something in my drink?Anyway, gloss is good.

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