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Re: Text Editors

by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on Jul 09, 2003 at 07:16 UTC ( #272600=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Text Editors
in thread Text Editors

I didn't say a graphical application is inferior. I've no doubt Kate is a wonderful editor, with a million times more features than Emacs, which all can be enabled with less keystrokes.

Except that I've never heard of Kate. Nor do I know anyone that uses Kate. My expectation was purely based on the myriads of serious coders I've met over the years. They use different languages, they work on different projects/jobs. But most of them use either emacs, or vi (or a look-a-like). Rarely something else.


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Re: Re: Text Editors
by IOrdy (Friar) on Jul 09, 2003 at 12:39 UTC
    I havn't read enough of your posts to tell if you are kidding or not but for those that have never fired up KDE and poked around Kate is a text editor for KDE.

      I'm sure Abigail-II isn't kidding. I'm a serious programmer and I've never heard of this Kate thing. But I also never use KDE or Gnome or any of those other fancy *nix gui things. My development is split between a Windows 2000 machine with putty (and then I use emacs) or Domino Designer which is from an entirely different world. So all of my text-based programming is done entirely to a console using emacs. It works great and I never have to deal with ugly library messes either.

      Added: I also find it useful to have a local win32 copy of emacs and use that as well. That it happens to be in a gui doesn't mean that I treat it differently than my normal console-only emacs session.

        An educational gap, I'm sure ;) ("Bildungslücke" for castaway ;) ). Most people who use Kate use KDE, although it works on (almost?) all QT platforms, like my Zaurus PDA (tinykate), I recommended it once here on PM, where I talked about it's cool support of a graphical regex editor for KDE. I guess I'll forgive you and Abigail-II for not having read or remembered my post, but just this once :)

        Kate is really nice for normal editing, but I need cross-platform support, so vim is my editor of choice for that reason.

        Graphical editors in general encourage the use of the mouse, which tends to slow people down. If you type really slowly anyway, then I sincerely recommend a graphical editor with syntax highlighting. :)



        1. I'm a serious programmer
        2. I've never heard of this Kate thing.
        3. I also never use KDE or Gnome or any of those other fancy *nix gui things
        4. development is split between a Windows 2000 machine with putty


        I've also found that anyone who states that they're a "serious programmer" either has no idea what they're talking about or doesn't possess the flexibility to switch between emerging technologies and gets stuck in a single frame of mind. At the very best it sounds rather pretentious and insecure.

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