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View Poll Results: Text Editor of the Year
vi/vim 640 38.46%
emacs/xemacs 114 6.85%
Kate 277 16.65%
jEdit 24 1.44%
nano 160 9.62%
pico 31 1.86%
gedit 190 11.42%
Nedit 23 1.38%
joe 17 1.02%
Scite 21 1.26%
Midnight Commander Editor 43 2.58%
KWrite 124 7.45%
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Old 02-15-2007, 01:12 AM   #166
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@zsd

For me Kate's biggest advantage is the intuitive handling. The buttons simply say it all, no need for documentation -- for a beginner. Just try it, and compare it to the vi-commands a newbie has to learn...

And then it has the goodies like remembering the files you last edited (and loading them all in the background), it knows projects, you don't have to tell it the language you are programming in, it'll highlight automatically and so forth and forth. So, give it a run an tell us what you think -- or wouldn't that be alright in this thread?

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Old 02-15-2007, 09:48 AM   #167
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Ummm... you do realize that emacs has langauge specific modes and the ability to do syntax colouring?
Some versions do. Can't do it on a basic console without X. Of course, in that case, can't run kate either.

I like the WIMP interface. I just find it easier to use than most versions of emacs.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 03:49 PM   #168
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I actually use three with equal frequency. Kedit for something quick, Kate for something serious and mcedit on the CL (which is often) and mcedit always on a server via ssh or when using MC (which is also often).

I could live without Kedit or Kate but I never did have enough time to memorise all those Vi commands:^) mcedit it is.
 
Old 02-18-2007, 01:15 PM   #169
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Nano - simple, elegant, useful - what more could you want?
 
Old 02-18-2007, 02:04 PM   #170
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Originally Posted by deftone`
I use vi (elvis) for editing config files.
Never really learned some of its commands though..
But I know the necessary.
I don't think anyone knows all the commands of VIM, and I think it's a waste of time to try. According to Bram, you shouldn't even bother trying to learn all the commands. He has a great presentation on google video for how to edit text effeciently.

In case I'm not being explicit enough. VIM gets my vote.

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=2538831956647446078&q=Google+engEDU
 
Old 02-18-2007, 02:07 PM   #171
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nedit

nedit ... I use it for everything

nano would be second
 
Old 02-19-2007, 09:30 AM   #172
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aren't kate and kwrite the same thing? check Help > About Kate/KWrite
 
Old 02-19-2007, 04:12 PM   #173
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I could live without Kedit or Kate but I never did have enough time to memorise all those Vi commands:^) mcedit it is.
I'm definitely with the don't-wanna-have-to-learn-party . I already loved nc back in the days. And kate is just awesome. Too bad my current box is way too slow for KDE... I realize I should've voted for mc rather than kate .

But hey - every once in a while I try to vi somefile (at least!) - and give up two minutes later. Then it takes me two more minutes to find out how to exit that extraordinary program.
justwantin you're so right
 
Old 02-19-2007, 11:53 PM   #174
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I use VI improved
 
Old 02-20-2007, 07:30 AM   #175
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Hello,

Even though I am a devoted VIM user, I am a little surprised to see it take such a commanding lead. And even more surprising is that emacs isn't in the number 2 spot. It has always seemed to me that these two editors were neck and neck in the popularity races. The results seem, to me at least, to indicate that emacs users have done one of three things:

1. Converted to using vi/vim.
2. Converted to using some other text editor.
3. Did not vote this year.
 
Old 02-21-2007, 01:40 AM   #176
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Hello,

... The results seem, to me at least, to indicate that emacs users have done one of three things:

1. Converted to using vi/vim.
2. Converted to using some other text editor.
3. Did not vote this year.
4. Migrated to Kate.
 
Old 02-21-2007, 05:08 AM   #177
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Emacs users converted to using Vim??? Absolutely outrageous! Is Civilisation coming to an end?
 
Old 02-21-2007, 05:47 AM   #178
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If you want to draw any conclusions from this, here is some data from this year and last year.


Code:
Editor          2005    2006    Change
			
vi/vim          588     639     +51
emacs/xemacs    134     114     -20
jEdit           28      24      -4
nano            150     160     +10
pico            49      31      -18
Kate            348     277     -71
gedit           122     190     +68
Nedit           32      23      -9
joe             30      23      -7
Scite           19      21      +2
MC editor       49      43      -6
KWrite                  124	
			
Total           1549    1663    +114
enjoy
jer
 
Old 02-22-2007, 11:23 AM   #179
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Cool

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Originally Posted by jerril
If you want to draw any conclusions from this, here is some data from this year and last year.


Code:
Editor          2005    2006    Change
			
vi/vim          588     639     +51
emacs/xemacs    134     114     -20
jEdit           28      24      -4
nano            150     160     +10
pico            49      31      -18
Kate            348     277     -71
gedit           122     190     +68
Nedit           32      23      -9
joe             30      23      -7
Scite           19      21      +2
MC editor       49      43      -6
KWrite                  124	
			
Total           1549    1663    +114
enjoy
jer
Cool Be nice to have breakdown like this for all the major categories. Got some spare time on your hands... ???
 
Old 02-22-2007, 03:17 PM   #180
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Boy, working with a text editor was one of the hardest tasks for me when transitioning from DOS/Windows to Linux.

Many years ago, I started with DOS 3 using edlin as my editor. It was fast, relatively simple, and had few commands. I wrote some relatively sophisticated batch files with edlin. Strangely enough, it's still available in Windows XP.

In time, MS provided the Edit editor for DOS that has menues and consistent and common key shortcuts -- nearly the same key shortcuts for moving around the text, selecting text, and that I use in Word, WordPerfect, Pagemaker (in edit mode), notepad, Dreamweaver, Homesite, and even the editor on this forum.

So imagine my surprise when I came to Linux last year and didn't find a single editor for the console that behaved like DOS edit (a menu that is activated with the alt key, shift-arrow key selects text, etc). GUI-based editors like Kate work about like what I expected, but not the CLI-based editors.

Now that I've worked with Linux for a while, I realize that Unix/Linux is a text-based operating system and that the editors that people commonly use in Linux have a long and proud history of being very powerful.I know it's stating the obvious, but DOS is very dumbed down compared to Linux.

In any event, I tried Nano and Joe, but didn't really get the hang of them. I tried Vi, but the learning curve was too steep for me at that time (which is funny, considering that I used to use edlin).

So, I tried emacs. I like it a lot. I read netnews, edit configuration files, browse the web, write HTML, and write regular documents with it (papers, articles, etc).

I have to agree with the previous post that stated that emacs and X-windows don't really get along. If I want an editor in X-windows, I'll use Kate. The X-windows interface for emacs is just too clunky.

Regards,

-Drew
 
  


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