TextMate the new Emacs?

As a very basic-level TextMate user, TextMate: Power Editing for the Mac looks like a great book. I know TextMate can do all sorts of wonderful automations and such but have never really looked into them outside of some very basic tab completion in Ruby. This is about 0.005% of its capabilities, so this book will probably help out a lot. I’ve got a couple other books by the Pragmatic Programmers and am pretty impressed by their quality. This one looks to be no exception.

While looking into the contents on the publisher’s site, I came across this quote in the marketing copy:
With TextMate you can do your normal work, but signal the ever-watchful ninjas as you go. At your command, they will launch into action, slicing through text, building repetitive structures of data in the blink of an eye, and much more. They will even post to your blog, handle your IRC conversations, and read your email.
Read my e-mail? It looks like, along with Emacs and Mozilla, TextMate is another example of JWZ’s Law of Software Envelopment in action:
Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.

In addition to being a text editor, TextMate is already an HTML viewer, Subversion client, and god knows what else. Now all we need is a TextMate desktop environment…