Emacs vs. Eclipse vs. Vim

sjdevnull at yahoo.com sjdevnull at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 2 00:57:17 CET 2008

On Nov 29, 3:44 pm, Josh <jho... at hotmail.com> wrote:
> If you were a beginning programmer and willing to make an investment in
> steep learning curve for best returns down the road, which would you pick?
> I know this topic has been smashed around a bit already, but 'learning
> curve' always seems to be an arguement. If you feel that one is easier
> or harder than the others to learn feel free to tell, but let's not make
> that the deciding factor. Which one will be most empowering down the
> road as a development tool?

I'd strongly recommend not using an IDE but going with federated
tools; this makes it easier to pick the editor, code navigation tool,
build system, etc that you like best, and makes it easier to swap out
one piece at a time if you don't like it.  So of the choices
mentioned, I'd go with emacs or vim if I were you.

Personally I also find high value in picking an editor that can be run
on a command-line terminal connection (e.g. when you're ssh'd into a
remote server), but that may be less important depending on what sort
of development you are doing.

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