[Tutor] GNU Emacs and Python

Wayne Werner waynejwerner at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 21:06:02 CET 2011

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 6:31 AM, Alexander Etter <rhettnaxel at gmail.com>wrote:

> There is a learning curve.

Yes, and for a graphical comparison of learning curves:


> One may find a learning curve with everything in existence, whereas I
> repudiate one discouraging another for the aforementioned.
> Those who desire the power of emacs seek it.
> Tim, do you use GNU Emacs?
> >From what literature I've encountered including a wikipedia page I
> believe there is a satiric starwars-like cold-war feud between users of vi
> and emacs.
> I'm neutral and won't judge an entity or patronize one for their use of
> free will.

I think these days a lot more people have become more pragmatic (or maybe I
just hang around more levelheaded people now ;) but there are few better
ways to start a flame war on IRC or USENET than ask the question which is
better - vi or emacs.

I "grew up" using vim, and I personally prefer modal editing - something
about my brain prefers the clear distinction between writing my code and
editing my code. For a while I tried emacs (mainly because I started
learning Lisp, and I was working at a .NET shop and they had some horribly
basic emacs shortcuts), and got lots of wrist cramps using chords for
everything, even after I changed the caps key to control like it should be.

My only recommendation is that you should learn emacs, vim, (or both, if
you're crazy like I was ;) because you will be a *much* more productive
programmer, simply because you can do things with both emacs and vim that
you cannot do in more basic editors.

Anyhow, just my two-bits.
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