OT: Text editors

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Jul 29 12:28:17 CEST 2012


On 29/07/2012 06:08, Ben Finney wrote:
> Tim Chase <python.list at tim.thechases.com> writes:
>
>> On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM, Mark Lawrence wrote:
>>> I highly recommend the use of notepad++.  If anyone knows of a
>>> better text editor for Windows please let me know :)
>
> I highly recommend not tying your editor skills to a single OS,
> especially one as ornery for programmers as Windows.
>
>> I'll advocate for Vim which is crazy-powerful and works nicely on
>> just about any platform I touch.
>>
>> Others will advocate for Emacs, which I can't say fits the way my
>> brain works but it's also powerful and loved by many.
>
> Right. I'm in Tim's position, but reversed: my preference is for Emacs
> but Vim is a fine choice also. They are mature, well-supported with
> regular updates and a massive library of plug-ins for different uses,
> have a huge community to help you, and work on all major programming
> OSen.
>
>> The ubiquity of these two platforms makes a worthwhile investment of
>> time spent in learning at least one if not both.
>
> I use both frequently in my work for different things, and they are good
> for pretty much any task involving manipulation of text.
>
> Learn one of Emacs or Vim well, and you won't need to worry about text
> editors again.
>

Point taken, snag being I've never used any nix box in anger.  This 
thread reminds of the good 'ole days when I were a lad using TPU on VMS. 
  Have we got any VMS aficionados here?

-- 
Cheers.

Mark Lawrence.




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