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Re: OT: Text editors (was Re: Search and replace text in XML file?)

Robert Miles
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On 7/29/2012 5:28 AM, Mark Lawrence wrote:
> On 29/07/2012 06:08, Ben Finney wrote:
>> Tim Chase <(E-Mail Removed)> writes:
>>> On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM, Mark Lawrence wrote:
>>>> I highly recommend the use of notepad++. If anyone knows of a
>>>> better text editor for Windows please let me know

>> I highly recommend not tying your editor skills to a single OS,
>> especially one as ornery for programmers as Windows.
>>> I'll advocate for Vim which is crazy-powerful and works nicely on
>>> just about any platform I touch.
>>> Others will advocate for Emacs, which I can't say fits the way my
>>> brain works but it's also powerful and loved by many.

>> Right. I'm in Tim's position, but reversed: my preference is for Emacs
>> but Vim is a fine choice also. They are mature, well-supported with
>> regular updates and a massive library of plug-ins for different uses,
>> have a huge community to help you, and work on all major programming
>> OSen.
>>> The ubiquity of these two platforms makes a worthwhile investment of
>>> time spent in learning at least one if not both.

>> I use both frequently in my work for different things, and they are good
>> for pretty much any task involving manipulation of text.
>> Learn one of Emacs or Vim well, and you won't need to worry about text
>> editors again.

> Point taken, snag being I've never used any nix box in anger. This
> thread reminds of the good 'ole days when I were a lad using TPU on VMS.
> Have we got any VMS aficionados here?

I used to run two VMS superminis. I'm not sure whether I still could,

Robert Miles

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