TextMate and Xcode

I’ve been spending time getting familiar with Xcode as I learn to write applications in Objective-C, with the larger goal of writing applications for iPhone. My editor of choice on the Mac up to this point, is TextMate, an great all around code editor. I’ve written a number of tutorials/tips on TextMate on my Mac Developer Tips blog (check out the TextMate Category for links).

One of the things I’ve become quite accustomed to is tabbed based user interfaces. For example, in FireFox I typically have a screenful of open tabs. When working with projects inside of TextMate, you can have multiple source code files open in tabs. Unfortunately, this is not a feature supported in Xcode (that I am aware of).

So, I spent a few minutes poking around at various options and came up with an approach that is far from perfect, yet offers a blend of coding in TextMate and managing compiles/builds in Xcode. Not perfect, however, it’s working for me.

This movie has been removed as it is no longer relevant with the new versions of Xcode supporting tabs and similar features.

  1. Hi,

    thank you. It was useful indeed.


  2. Its funny how you say that missing the errors / warnings its a sacrifice… For me, not having those annoying unreachable errors floating around its the BEST feature of having this set up…


  3. Why can’t they just make the XCode interface behave like Eclipse…. something useful that we all know.

  4. Thanks a lot – a nice little trick. I just got started on Xcode and really missed the tab interface of Textmate… hey presto! This is the answer. Sweet.

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