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Re: Advice to your younger self

by rozallin (Curate)
on Feb 22, 2003 at 23:23 UTC ( #237811=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Advice to your younger self

My "Perl" of wisdom:

Be aware of the fact that people can be extremely loyal to their text editors, and that this can sometimes escalate to something of a flaming holy war of vi(m) users versus emacs users. There will be many people trying to advocate the benefits of both text editors to you as you begin to learn how to program and try and navigate your way around a *nix system.

My advice is use vi for a week. Use emacs for a week. Get to know them well enough to be able to use both and choose for yourself which one of the two, if at all (contrary to wha it seems, there are alternatives), you want to use. And use what is best for you and what you are most comfortable with.

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Re: Re: Advice to your younger self
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 23, 2003 at 07:36 UTC

    Emacs sux0rs, vi r0Xors!

    Really though, I'm aware the original post asks a completely absurd question, but what kind of reply is this? You'd rather have tried out both vi and emacs than known every single movement of the stock market, winning lottery numbers, etc? I'd personally rather be the richest person on earth and have plenty of time to learn (useless) things like emacs.

    Just a thought.

      See what I mean little Rozallin? The hatred of emacs is strong with this one.

      >You'd rather have tried out both vi and emacs than known every single movement of the stock market, winning lottery numbers, etc?

      This question is every bit as "absurd" as the original question. Are you saying that instead of sitting in front of a computer learning emacs (or anything else for that matter) I could be predicting winning lottery numbers? Either you think too highly of yourself, or you think too highly of me...

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      Rozallin J. Thompson
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        Either you think too highly of yourself...

        This has been proved correct on multiple occasions, but wasn't my point. My point was that based on the premise of the original question, you could at this current point in time look back at the winning lottery numbers, price changes, etc dating back to when you were 12, then tell your 12 year old self about them assuming they would invest accordingly and you would be filty rich now. Of course this gets into a terminator 2 style paradox and my brain overheats, so I'm going to stop now.

Re^2: Advice to your younger self
by Aighearach on Nov 12, 2004 at 07:20 UTC
    It is good to try a new editor once in awhile, too. As far as the editor wars go, some of this is just play. For example, I am always a warrior on the side of emacs, because I use it for all my programming, which is what my emphasis is. But I also am doing sysadmin tasks daily, and I use vim exclusively for that. And I read my mail in PINE, which means I'm using PICO. So I use the three main *nix editors daily. Each one, IMO, is better than the other two at what I use it for. And I have used all three, for all three tasks.

    But sometimes, cat > FILENAME is just faster, better, cheaper...


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