vi or emacs for editing Python on Linux?
jgardn at alumni.washington.edu
Sun Dec 23 06:19:56 EST 2001
On Saturday 22 December 2001 07:25 am, maxm wrote:
> I know this is close to religion. But are there any rational reasons to use
> one instead of the other for Python?
Not really. The major difference now is where the keys are on the keyboard.
With emacs, you usually end up using ctrl-x something, but with Vim, you have
to get used to different states. As for the missing functionality in Vim, you
still have it - it's just in other programs in the unix environment. So you
probably won't be as effective with Vim unless you are in a unix environment
(basically anything but windows.)
Bottom line: You have to spend at least a week using both editors before you
can make a good decision. Using either one is a serious undertaking. They
aren't designed for casual [l]users. They are designed for people who are
serious about programming and serious about doing it as effectively as
possible. Whatever you choose, spend a lot of time learning it and committing
stuff to memory and such.
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