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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2006. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends February 18th.


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 01-06-2007, 06:14 PM   #76
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I use Vim almost all of the time. I use Gedit and Nano occasionally. I tried emacs when I first started with Linux, I thought it would be the GNU thing to do. I just never got used to it. I wanted to learn both emacs and vi. I ended up just sticking with vim; and using any other editor my current system defaults to (I can change it, but I like to learn the way my distro does things (and learn editors actually)).

I'd like to try learning emacs again, but every time I get adventuresome I try to peel another layer off of vim. I don't think I'll ever reach the core.

Old 01-07-2007, 11:10 PM   #77
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Vim/Gvim for me that's all I use. It's not to difficult to learn and very powerfull.
Old 01-08-2007, 11:07 AM   #78
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Oh, vim I think.
Old 01-09-2007, 08:02 PM   #79
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It does so much more than edit text. To an emacs user, it doesn't matter what one's desktop environment is.
Old 01-09-2007, 09:22 PM   #80
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I prefer bluefish but its not in the poll
Old 01-10-2007, 07:33 AM   #81
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:39 PM   #82
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I use xemacs for coding and vi for console.

(x)emacs is highly customizable and you can find some .el files for specific languages (providing proper highlighting and shortkeys) on the web.

vi is really handy for editing config files.

As I can vote only one entry I go for emacs
Old 01-11-2007, 10:43 AM   #83
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Just because you pretty much are required to know how to use vi if you want to support multiple platforms, and I have better things to do with my time than to learn how to use other text editors. vi is everywhere: Solaris, True64, Linux, *BSD, HP-UX, everywhere. So in the interest of efficiency vi is the only reasonable option.
Old 01-12-2007, 11:23 AM   #84
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Voted for pico since it doesn't look like Geany will be included this time around. I know Geany is a lightweight IDE but it works good as a text editor too.

Old 01-12-2007, 02:01 PM   #85
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Another one for Vim. But I'd recommend gEdit to anyone with only occasional editing needs or who simply isn't prepared to take the comparatively steep learning curve.

I've tried Emacs before and came to the conclusion that it's actually not an editor, but could better be described as doing for Lisp what Squeak does for Smalltalk. For everyday editing, it's just too slow (Note that I am using a computer less than six years old), too complicated and simply gives me a headache when I try to customize it. Vim gives me all the extensibility I need in such a way that I can actually make use of it.

Well, probably boils down to personal preference again.
Old 01-12-2007, 06:34 PM   #86
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well, here's my 2c worth...


confession: i started using vi/vim and unix equivalent 15+ years ago, and find it so easy to stick with what you know. can't really flame any of the others which are all probably excellent apps as well as i've only tried a couple and only once or twice...

here's to what's familiar :P

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Old 01-15-2007, 03:51 AM   #87
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EMACS love the customability of it and all the lisp add ons

still when the jobs small vim is gd
Old 01-15-2007, 08:35 AM   #88
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I use vi (elvis) for editing config files.
Never really learned some of its commands though..
But I know the necessary.

Last edited by deftone`; 01-15-2007 at 08:55 AM.
Old 01-15-2007, 09:17 AM   #89
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vi is pretty much all I use.
Old 01-16-2007, 01:48 AM   #90
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For my purposes, Kate. But why is there still no wordcount? I obtained the code for an external tool wordcount from a helpful person on a forum, but surely philosophical disputations as to "what is a word?" should not stand in the way when editors of far less sophistication have wordscounts. Grumble grumble.


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