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I got a copy of Pragmatic Thinking and Learning when it came out a while ago, and I just finished reading it. I really wish I’d read it before I embarked on a PhD! As my girlfriend pointed out, it is basically a psychology textbook, with an onus on learning, but it’s presented in that great informal, geek-accessible style that you’ll probably only have come across in other pragmatic programmers books.

Sometimes, after seeing a few things, concepts collide (like icebergs, perhaps), and I come up with ideas I think are cool. Here’s one of those: Refactoring with the MATLAB bundle from Matt Foster on Vimeo. For those of you who prefer some code, say you have a big long ugly line of code. You know it’s bad, but it works and you don’t want to break it. Here’s an example, very, very loosely based on some Matlab code I saw at work:

I’m very pleased to announce that the IPython TextMate bundle is in a state where it can actually be used – you can probably consider it to be a pre-beta. To celebrate this, I’ve made a simple screencast demoing some of the basic features. IPython TextMate Bundle Demo from Matt Foster on Vimeo. This screencast can also be downloaded, and I hope to give a quick overview of some of the more advanced features in a follow-up.

After being shown the huge potential of mixing TextMate with IPython via a little applescript, I started work on the IPython TextMate bundle. I also set up a google group, and talked to the ipython-users mailing list. Their response was great, and they’ve allowed us to discuss the project on the ipython-dev list, if we tag message subjects with [TextMate]. There’s also a possibility that we can distribute the bundle with IPython in the future!

I realise that to lots of Mac users, having to use the command line is like having to hunt and kill you own food. That’s fair enough. It doesn’t mean you don’t want the latest TextMate coolness though, so I made this quick silent movie to illustrate how to install GetBundles. You can watch it below, or on Vimeo, or download it as a QuickTime movie, a pdf or Keynote presentation.