Friday, January 26, 2007

The best editor

Discussions (and heated fanboy debates) on vi vs Editplus vs Emacs vs Eclipse vs Microsoft Visual Studios vs others are always exhilirating. Even if you dont come to any conclusion (like most discussions on desi blogosphere), you learn some tips and tricks.

Personally , I prefer pspad (http://www.pspad.com/) or even Notepad (If you find the Lucida Console font irritating on Notepad, change the font. You wont mind Notepad much then) for light editing. And Eclipse for some serious and heavy coding.

Though vi is quite good, I still find it a bit cumbersome. The learning curve is quite steep. I keep forgetting some commands. For using vi effectively, you need practice. And practice. And more practice.

3 Comments:

Anonymous anycolouryoulike said...

Personally I prefer Textpad. It has those nagging reminders to register and buy, but its good enough.

Also, UltraEdit is good enough. Pity it isnt free anymore.

Though vi is most feature rich and powerful among the editors, it has a very unintuitive user interface. Pressing h, j, k and l keys to navigate isnt really helpful to a beginner.

January 30, 2007 4:40 AM  
Blogger Sabarish Sasidharan said...

I love vi because once you have used it enough, u can blaze through editing chores.

February 12, 2007 7:58 PM  
Blogger In The Shadows said...

anycolour - Yep, textpad is good, but I did find it a bit unconfigurable. Never tried ultraEdit though. Looks good as per the website, but not free :(

sabarish - Thats what, you have to use it enough first. Another recent incident regarding vi proves my point. I will put in a new post on that.

February 13, 2007 12:29 AM  

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