request for guidance

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Sat Dec 14 05:56:29 CET 2013

On Sat, Dec 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM, David Hutto <dwightdhutto at> wrote:
> In my opinion, a novice always tries to reinvent the wheel. Take for example
> a simple text editor.

Which isn't a bad thing. Especially in that particular case, it's good
to try your hand at writing a text editor - most of the hard
grunt-work is done for you (just plop down an edit control - in some
toolkits you can even deploy a control with full source code
highlighting), so you can focus on figuring out what it is that makes
yours different. And then you'll appreciate other editors more :) But
along the way, you'll learn so much about what feels right and what
feels wrong. And maybe you can incorporate some of your own special
unique features into whatever editor you end up using... quite a few
are scriptable.


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