I use vi, vim and Xemacs mostly. In windows I use Notepad
just because it's there. I don't use windows for anything
bar playing the odd game so I don't have to do any heavy
work in it. The posts about Notepad+ caught my eye though,
I'll check it out.
With regards to editors under unix, I have long tried to
stay away from the religious aspect of it although I think
the flame fests can be funny they are getting a little tiring.
Not that anything I think is going to stop history repeating
itself. Many of the new college graduates I've worked with
arrive into the company not really caring what they use but
within weeks they are either raving vi nuts or raving emacs
nuts. It's a cultural marker I suppose.
I use vi or vim for system administration type work and for
writing small bits of noddy code like the average perl script
you see posted around here. For serious, project work, tracking
down bugs in large collections of software or anything else
of that nature I use emacs. I learn something new about
emacs every now and again, it doesn't give up it's secrets
too easily. Many would hate it for that. I love it for that.
Why ? Well here are just a few of the reasons.
- Elisp. Imagine having an editor where you could write
little pieces of Perl, name these functions and run them at
will against the text in your editor. Thats what Elisp gives
you in emacs.
- VM. Exactly the same environment for my mailer as for my
editor. That's because my editor is also my mailer. Many have
moved on to Mutt. Off with them I say. There's something soothing
about being able to use the same keystrokes and functions in
multiple applications. This extends I suppose to all applications
that use the readline library including bash itself. I don't
have access to a news-feed except for Deja but if I did I
would use emacs for that too.
- M-q fill-paragraph. I mentioned this one in a previous
post. There's nothing magical about it but it makes my life
easier. Fscks up mightily on troff and other formats where
there are no blank lines between paragraphs but everything
has got its limitations, right ?.
- re-search-forward, re-search-backward. I don't have to
tell Perl coders how useful being able to search for regexes
is. The elisp regex flavour is ugly compared to Perls but it
is basic and once you get over the leaning toothpick syndrome
it's not too bad.
- BBDB. The Big Brother Database. Sits at the bottom of
your VM frame in a separate window and it scans emails as
they come in talking out names, alternate email addresses.
Very useful, you soon build up a database of names, email
addresses, phone numbers and addresses and half the time
you don't even see it happening.
- Consistency. C-f goes forward a character, M-f goes forward
a word. In the various programming modes they will go forward
something equivalent, usually an expression instead of a word.
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