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View Poll Results: Text Editor of the Year
vi/vim 402 39.88%
Emacs/XEmacs 80 7.94%
Kate 117 11.61%
jEdit 16 1.59%
nano 96 9.52%
pico 12 1.19%
gedit 155 15.38%
Nedit 10 0.99%
joe 9 0.89%
Scite 16 1.59%
Midnight Commander Editor 15 1.49%
KWrite 49 4.86%
Mousepad 19 1.88%
Scribes 4 0.40%
medit 8 0.79%
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:44 AM   #16
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Scite is really great for java if you use the extensions. In many ways as functional as a full-blown IDE and it needs only fraction of the resources.
Old 01-11-2009, 05:52 AM   #17
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sed ????
Old 01-11-2009, 08:11 AM   #18
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I think Vim is the nicest if you know how to type. Otherwise, as far as speed goes, it probably doesn't matter a whole lot.
Old 01-11-2009, 08:15 AM   #19
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I voted for pico as I probably do more text editing with pico at the command line than anything else. When in a GUI, mousepad is fast to load and simple to use. But if I want syntax highlighting, then i use Kwrite.
I cringe every time that I need to use vi; but maybe I will learn to love it in another ten years when I have memorised fifty useful shortcut commands.
Old 01-12-2009, 10:27 AM   #20
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nano for cli
leafpad for basic gui text editing
geany for more complex gui editing
Old 01-12-2009, 03:58 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by syg00 View Post
sed ????
I think most people would say that Stream Editing and Text Editing are not quite the same

Don't get me wrong I like sed and use it a fair bit, but for general text editing I would rather use vi.
Old 01-12-2009, 04:17 PM   #22
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Vi/Vim once I learned it does whatever I need it to do. I now use it with SSH on a remote server to edit html files even. No need to ftp, or use a gui.
Old 01-12-2009, 04:37 PM   #23
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Any chance of getting ee(1) (easy editor) added to this poll? I use vi personally, but I was going to vote ee (because it made a user very happy this year).
Old 01-12-2009, 04:45 PM   #24
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Actually, I must confess that I use the ROX Edit application.

Sadly I can't vote for it.
Old 01-13-2009, 03:38 PM   #25
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There is no text editor for me but (n)vi!
Old 01-15-2009, 03:28 AM   #26
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When compared with other editors give here
I like the following more.
vi if terminal oriented.
vim on GUI.
Old 01-15-2009, 04:56 AM   #27
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There's something I like to name "The VIM experience" ...

The last time I checked out, I was reconfiguring my whole
setup to emulate VIM keystrokes and behavior the better
Old 01-15-2009, 05:07 AM   #28
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nano, gedit & leafpad...depends which environment I'm using.
Old 01-15-2009, 05:17 AM   #29
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vi(m) is always the shortest way in complex editing-situations.
Old 01-15-2009, 05:42 AM   #30
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Kedit which is my personal favorite was missing for some reason.


bash, gedit, vim

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