Important features for editors
William Ray Wing
wrw at mac.com
Thu Jul 4 15:42:05 CEST 2013
On Jul 4, 2013, at 9:22 AM, Tim Chase <python.list at tim.thechases.com> wrote:
> On 2013-07-04 05:02, Dave Angel wrote:
> [snip an excellent list of things to look for in an editor]
> - the ability to perform changes in bulk, especially across files.
> Often, this is done with the ability to record/playback macros,
> though some editors have multiple insertion/edit cursors; others
> allow for performing a bulk-change command across the entire file
> or list of files.
To Tim's and Dave's excellent lists let me add one more feature that I find useful:
the ability to bulk-search through all files in a folder/directory/project for a word
or phrase, display the hits and then selectively or optionally do a replace on each
hit in the displayed list. In effect, this is an interactive extension of the bulk
search and replace Tim lists above.
> - folding (the ability to collapse multiple lines of text down to one
> line). Especially if there are various ways to do it (manual
> folding, language-block folding, folding by indentation)
Yes, yes, yes. It may simply be a reflection of my poor programming style (grow
by accretion, wait way too long to refactor), but this is a big help in following
> - multiple clipboard buffers/registers
> - multiple bookmarks
> - the ability to interact with external programs (piping a portion of
> a file through an external utility)
And in particular, the ability to preview a chunk of html in a browser.
> - a good community around it in case you have questions
> - easy navigation to "important" things in your file (where
> "important" may vary based on file-type, but may include function
> definitions, paragraph boundaries, matching
> paren/bracket/brace/tag, etc)
> Other nice-to-haves include
> - split window editing
> - tabbed windows
> - Unicode support (including various encodings)
> - vimgolf.com ;-)
>> emacs - standard on most OS's, available for Windows from
> And I'll put in a plug for Vim.
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