Favorite text editor?
Forum: Programming and Scripting
Topic: Favorite text editor?
started by: nickelplated
Posted by nickelplated on Aug. 19 2005,07:49What command-line editor do you prefer?
Posted by adssse on Aug. 19 2005,13:39When I first started our Proffessor started us off on Nano or Pico, but I now preffer vim.
Posted by Your Fuzzy God on Aug. 19 2005,18:18Go orange!
Posted by SaidinUnleashed on Aug. 19 2005,23:57Vim, all the way.
***BEGIN EMACS JOKES***
emacs makes a computer slow
eight megabytes and constantly swapping
emacs makes authors commit suicide
emacs makes all code segfault
emacs manuals are confusing sh*t
evil monkies are creating scripts
Posted by news.observer on Aug. 20 2005,04:21In the 80's I thought that my vi skills would be dated and useless in a few years. I was wrong! (Why, I can remember when vi wasn't around, there was just ed and then ex!)
Posted by cmanb on Jan. 25 2006,18:48I feel like people who really dig DSL would be more into smaller, more specialized software. Meaning Vim.
And, with the exception of Zile, I haven't really seen any EMACS extensions at all!
Posted by cbagger01 on Jan. 26 2006,05:45For simple context highlighted console text editing,
mcedit (the editor that comes with the fullsize Midnight Commander) is excellent.
I seem to remember that once upon a time I thought emacs was great, but then I completely forgot how to use it
eve is another nice editor if you learn to use it.
But for the DSL base iso, I use nano for console text editing because it has almost no learning curve, great for simple edits when in runlevel 2.
Posted by Grim on Jan. 26 2006,07:59
I still use vim over dial-up if I need to jot something down when I'm visiting my folks as they still use dial-up. Vim over dial-up via ssh connection is pretty damn fast, but then again, emacs probably is too, only emacs frightens me. ;)
Posted by doobit on Feb. 02 2006,13:41I began in Linux on emacs, so I'm accustomed to it. The GNU creature doesn't scare me. I've used vim a little, and I'd have no problem figuring it out. I learned to program in MSDOS (and ProDOS, which nobody remembers anymore) with .bat files, so I guess I could learn vim.
Posted by mikshaw on Feb. 02 2006,16:59My first distro had both emacs and vim installed, and I was using kate or gedit or some other gui editor. Eventually realizing the necessity of a console editor, I looked at both emacs and vim and both were kinda scary. I looked at the size of each and immediately removed emacs from my system. I went through the vim tutor and haven't used anything but vim since.
Posted by faroutscience on Feb. 03 2006,00:35I was forced to learn vi during a c and unix course at UNF in the early 90s. I never would have tried it if I hadn't been forced. I now use it for most things. It is small quick and almost everywhere.
I use jed if I want something fancy. I keep trying to use emacs. I even have the manual from FSF. It's just a pain in the neck to remember all of the ctl-alt-esc etc. key sequences. I still use it from time to time especially emacspeak due to my low vision. xemacs is a little easier but then you get into the middle of a squabble much like that of g95.
And I do remember the old 300 baud days. I still have a Model 100 and an Intel 2400 baud modem! My old Compuserve account was: 70035,1412
Does anyone remember TAPCIS?
Posted by cbagger01 on Feb. 03 2006,05:13You could afford compuserve?!?!?
If I remember correctly, at one time it was something ridiculous like 8-12 bucks per HOUR of usage.
The only way I could ever play with compuserve and my TRS-80 Color Computer 2 and 300 baud modem was to convince the local Radio Shack sales guy to tell me the number and password for their DEMO account for that month.
Back then, the equation was:
junior high/high school kid + no job = no money
no money = no compuserve
Luckily, most of the nearby BBSes were free, and also within my local (not long distance) calling area.
How about a big shout out for
The BBS-based national e-mail network that required each BBS owner to call up the BBS owner in the next County and transfer a few messages back and forth at 3AM in the morning.
You could send an e-mail from the east coast to Texas in 7 days or so, which was around the same speed as snail mail.
I gotta thank those BBS owners who paid the bills for such a system. A 2nd phone line and the long distance charges plus a decent home computer and AUTO-ANSWER modem back then was a big expense.
Posted by humpty on Feb. 03 2006,06:01vim - cos it's the only decent one there. Is it only me that thinks Beaver should be replaced?
Posted by adssse on Feb. 09 2006,20:13I use vim for most things. I enjoy getting down and dirty in the terminal alot of times instead of using a gui editor.
I actually like beaver. It does what I need and is pretty lightweight compared to some others.
Posted by _pathos on Feb. 28 2006,09:52vim ftw.
beaver is great. I learnt linux with dsl and without beaver I wouldn't be here. You need the gui's for the noobs.
Posted by WDef on Mar. 08 2006,13:20At first, I thought commandline editors were anachronisms from the green screen days, good only for geek points.
But once I started playing around with linux and the console in particular, it became apparent just how quick vim could be to make that tweak to a config file.
And you only really ever seem to need to know just a few vim commands for that purpose (although I soemtimes edit scripts with it as well): insert, replace, delete line, search, save and quit, quit without saving.
The only annoyance is getting on a system which is perverse enough to only have vi instead of vim, and finding that backspace or something doesn't work.
Posted by safesys on Mar. 30 2006,16:17Having used pico for the past 5 or so years, nano gets my vote hands down.
Not all that keen on beaver - especially the way it handles seach and the way you can't cursor up on a wordwrapped line (unless I'm missing something config wise). I used to use notetab lite under windows which nailed it for how I like to work with gui text editors.
Posted by 300c_pilot on May 02 2006,04:05When I have to use a cmd line editor nano or pico are my choices, never learned vim or vi.
cbagger01, I did not think anyone would remember compuserve. Expensive and for me long distance took all night to download a simple picture, got to like xkermit.
The old days, that were really not that long ago!
Posted by kerry on May 02 2006,11:16I'm just stupid when it comes to vim, i've tried it but still can't figure out how to use it. I'll just stick with nano.
Posted by alvez on May 02 2006,12:08I've always found that joe suits my needs best. Every once in a while I try to use vim, but I always end up disliking it more than the time before.
Posted by anaconda on May 02 2006,12:22I like JED. Works like emacs, but is smaller and faster.
I have tried VI several times, but just dont seem to get the hang of it.. If I have to I can edit with vi, but really rather not.
Posted by jot on May 20 2006,00:25I prefer vim. It gives me anything that I would expect from a text editor and more By the way, have You tried to do a 'find text' in Beaver, is this so slow only on my computer or is it common ?
Has anyone tried to compile vim 6.4 with vimshell ??
< vimshell >
I'm planning to to compile it myself.
It is like vim-'window manager' , can't wait to use it.
And if there only was elinks.dsl... , yes I know there is links and glinks, but none of them has URI rewriting. I just like to type 'g' 'g' 'keyword' to find something on google, and I can have multiple shortcuts like the one above.
Like 'g' 'dsl' to go to DSL home page
And... sorry for the off-topic
Posted by mikshaw on May 20 2006,03:00you could make a bash function or script to launch links with a google search:
EDIT: scratch that...i posted a snippet before testing it...
Posted by jot on May 21 2006,15:14Dear mikshaw,
that's not the functionality that I want.
In my opinion one of the greatest features of elinks that make it better than links2, glinks and links-hacked is that you can browse internet like this:
1. open elinks
2. press 'g' to get url box
3. type 'g keyword' in url box to start google search ( just an example, it can be anything you want)
4. press 'g' again and type 'dsl' to go to DSL Homepage
5. press 'g' and type 'fm' to go to freshmeat
6. and so on
You can set many shortcuts like the ones above, they can be set to get you to a site or can accept additional parameter, to create personalised search engines. You can get the same feature in Firefox ( i guess ) and in Opera 9. It's like 'search box' in address bar but IMHO it's better because you have faster access to many search engines and don't have to select different one each time you use 'search box' .
OK, this is getting too long even for an off-topic I guess
I've read that in links-hacked you can get similiar functionality with 'links lua' but can't get it to work
PS. And of course I still prefer vim.
Posted by doodle77 on June 12 2006,00:06If you're going to be in the command line you dont need anything more than nano
Posted by newby on July 19 2006,05:53My favorite of all time is Useful Editor, part of the Useful Utilities.
Written in assembler by a consumate code hacker.
I just wish he would port it from DOS to *nix.
Posted by Zucca on July 19 2006,05:58Nano.
Posted by humpty on July 24 2006,20:35Nedit as of now!
Posted by newby on July 25 2006,15:02
Thanks for the insight. Thanks also to the other poster for the fond memories of FidoNet.
Emails would be a lot shorter these days if everyone had to start on FidoNet!
Posted by Felson on Feb. 17 2007,00:43not a popular answer, but I am emacs all the way. Proably because that is what I started with. But I actualy like the insane key strikes you can do. yes, they are nuts, but they can save hours of work.