Best Python editor (under Linux)
sschwarzer at sschwarzer.net
Sun Jan 5 23:37:00 CET 2003
Peter Hansen wrote:
> Harry George wrote:
>> I've trained up a dozen or so newbies on python over the last few
>> years. I always offer them the option of their favorite editor. We
>> get some vim, emacs, nedit, notepad, idle, jot, and others I can't
>> remember. But when it gets serious, as in XP sessions (two people on
>> one keyboard), the emacs guys are far more productive. As far as I
>> can tell, the vim guys are faster keystroke-by-keystroke, but the
>> emacs guys are more productive overall. The notepad guys weren't
>> productive enough to be a fair sampling of the editor itself (they
>> weren't really programmers). I haven't seen enough experienced idle
>> or scintilla people to have an opinion there.
> To avoid interpreting your comments as pure mysticism, I would need
> to know specifically what features you find to be "far more
> productive" with emacs.
> So what is it? I really can't believe (yet) that a different set
> of keyboard bindings and a macro language I wouldn't use on a regular
> basis would lead to a really measurable performance increase.
> (And let me say that a 10% boost is not measurable, while a 50% one
> might be.)
The reason for the high productivity _might_ be that a relatively large
proportion of highly-productive people tends to use emacs. This is
slightly different from assuming that those people are more productive
_because_ they use emacs.
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