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April 3rd, 2005, 04:35 PM
What is your favorite EDITOR? to program php, html ,c/c++, java etc...

not IDE like anjuta o Kdev.
but editor like emacs, gedit etc...

April 3rd, 2005, 04:39 PM
I'd give my vote for EMACS :)

April 3rd, 2005, 05:11 PM
Jedit goes a long way for me - good plugins as well, which are incredibly easy to install.

April 3rd, 2005, 05:49 PM

April 3rd, 2005, 06:03 PM
vi or gedit

April 3rd, 2005, 06:22 PM

April 3rd, 2005, 06:25 PM
gedit although emacs is also very useful :)

April 3rd, 2005, 08:00 PM
Vim. No question.


April 3rd, 2005, 08:12 PM
I second (third?) vim. Very usable once you learn the syntax.

April 3rd, 2005, 11:11 PM

April 3rd, 2005, 11:30 PM
I have to say I use bluefish for almost any kind of program-editing...

April 3rd, 2005, 11:55 PM
Jedit goes a long way for me - good plugins as well, which are incredibly easy to install.

You mean gedit right? I've never heard of jedit... If you mean gedit where can I get the plugins you speak of? I usually use it for all web design / authoring needs: I'd be interested to see what kind of plugins it would have.

April 4th, 2005, 01:40 PM
You mean gedit right? I've never heard of jedit... If you mean gedit where can I get the plugins you speak of? I usually use it for all web design / authoring needs: I'd be interested to see what kind of plugins it would have.

No, he means jEdit: http://www.jedit.org/

April 4th, 2005, 02:07 PM
my vote goes to SciTE

April 4th, 2005, 02:43 PM
emacs and vim, depending of what I'm editing

April 4th, 2005, 03:47 PM
I use Elvis (http://elvis.vi-editor.org/) a lot.Ubuntu has the packages in both Warty (http://higgs.djpig.de/ubuntu/www/warty/editors/elvis) and Hoary (http://higgs.djpig.de/ubuntu/www/hoary/editors/elvis).
Be sure to install elvis-tools also.
Elvis is a clone of vi/ex, the standard UNIX editor. It supports nearly all of the vi/ex commands, in both visual mode and ex mode. Elvis adds support for multiple files, multiple windows, a variety of display modes (including syntax highlighting, man, tex, html and hex), an optional X11 user interface, on-line help, folding, spell checking, new options, auto commands, regions, enhanced tags, printing, aliases and an improved :map command.

Like vi/ex, Elvis stores most of the text in a temporary file, instead of RAM. This allows it to edit files that are too large to fit in a single process' data space. Also, the edit buffer can survive a power failure or crash.

April 4th, 2005, 10:49 PM
jedit or vim. Nothing beats my huge .vimrc file ;) Perhaps, if anyone else is interested, we could trade personal .vimrc files? I'm always interested in seeing what other peoples' .vimrc looks like.
Jedit is great. I like to think of it as 'simpler, smaller Eclipse', due to the amount of interesting plugins it has.

April 6th, 2005, 01:53 AM
I second that SciTE motion.

April 6th, 2005, 02:13 AM
Another vim user here! Here is my .vimrc file (http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~lativyn/config/vimrc) if anybody is interested (nothing special in it but since somebody mentioned sharing them).

April 6th, 2005, 02:27 AM
Vim with nearly-default .vimrc .

April 6th, 2005, 02:53 AM
Console/term window: nano - it's like notepad for the console.
X: jEdit - with plugins, it's a powerful editor...I do my python/perl/php/html editing for my web site (my real site, not the url framed one I have in my sig) using the ftp plugin. Awesome stuff. Also b/c it's java it looks the same and is available whether I'm workin on Linux, Windows or Mac.

April 6th, 2005, 03:54 AM
http://www.textpad.com (unfortunately it's Windows only)

I really wish someone could prescribe me a pill that would enable me to love vi/vim like so many seem to. It's everywhere and loving it would be wonderful. But I don't. And can't comprehend how anyone ever could. No flames please, this is obviously a case of "I just don't get it."

April 6th, 2005, 04:33 AM
I only use it because A) vi or a variant thereof will be found on almost ANY Unix system and B) the default vimrc's syntax highlighting is excellent.

The main argument for vi is your fingers never have to leave the home row to execute commands on QWERTY keyboards. Since I hunt-and-peck, that doesn't apply to me.

April 6th, 2005, 05:30 AM
'vi' and 'ed'. Those are the left and right ventricles of my *nix heart, respectively.

April 6th, 2005, 05:50 AM
I think I'm beginning to like nano (http://www.nano-editor.org/) .

April 6th, 2005, 09:21 AM
vim and kate.

April 6th, 2005, 10:29 AM
Vim, absolutely. I'll post my .vimrc when I', home :).

April 6th, 2005, 10:48 AM
I think VI (or VIM and variants) is by far the best editor.
Once you get to know it, it is the fastest (the only problem being that your left-hand little finger tends to get a bit numb by pressing ESC so much ;-) )
It also has nice plugins. I use VI mostly TeX, and the plugin Vim-Tex suite is really nice.

Guys, why don't you post links to your .vimrc files? I am curious... :)
Mine is pretty much the standard configuration file, I just changed the background color to beige so I do not get blind looking at it so often.

April 6th, 2005, 10:27 PM
Well, this is the old war that never dies, isn't it!


The learning curve is a bit steep and it won't suit those who are hooked on GUIs - you've got to be ready to memorise commands and keystrokes - but it's incredibly powerful and flexible. Agreed it's rather large - certainly compared to vi/vim, but I just can't get on with vi's command mode/edit mode stuff, and most of the other editors I've seen just seem rather - well - noddy (i.e. basic, crude)! I wouldn't suggest it for the occasional user, but if like me you spend a large part of your computing time in an editor, it's well worth the effort to learn it.

Andy <ducks and runs as the Vi fans retaliate!>

April 7th, 2005, 12:05 AM
I'm not going to retaliate. ;) You're right, emacs can be powerful in the right hands. However, the learning curve is astronomical, as compared with vim's (which is merely huge). ;)

April 7th, 2005, 12:07 AM
Guys, why don't you post links to your .vimrc files? I am curious...
Because mine is 99% default. The only change I made was to keep directories clean by moving all vim swapfiles to ~/.vimswaps .

set backupdir=/home/esheldon/.vimswaps

April 7th, 2005, 12:26 AM
gedit and vim here

April 8th, 2005, 07:35 AM
* If I'm in a GUI: gedit under X11, metapad under Windows, SubEthaEdit under Mac OS X
* If I'm in a CLI: viM, nano, pico in that order.

April 8th, 2005, 11:57 AM
jEdit is by far the best one I`ve tested on my laptop for now.

April 8th, 2005, 05:55 PM
gedit and vi. who needs anything more:)

April 8th, 2005, 06:37 PM
gEdit! :)

April 8th, 2005, 06:57 PM
I like ee for editing config files in the command line and emacs for larger stuff.

April 8th, 2005, 08:02 PM
Vi gets my vote

April 13th, 2005, 03:24 AM
Are most of these editors capable of making a connection to a remote server via ftp or ssh and editing a file directly on the server?

April 13th, 2005, 04:10 AM
What is your favorite EDITOR? to program php, html ,c/c++, java etc...

not IDE like anjuta o Kdev.
but editor like emacs, gedit etc...
Has anyone tried notepad++ yet?

April 13th, 2005, 05:11 AM
I use editplus on windows and gedit or vi on linux
Although I would love to see a port of editplus for linux, as it is by far my favorite editor.

April 13th, 2005, 11:49 AM
vi + vim + gvim

April 13th, 2005, 12:07 PM
Deffinently gedit and vim, I mainly use gedit for all coding I do.

April 14th, 2005, 02:40 PM
I still believe that NEdit is one of the best editors in existence. I remember when it first came out we called it "Nirvana" because it was like Nirvana to finally have such a powerful system editor that wasn't strictly a clunky, terminal oriented, stallmanesque, mind-bending, difficult to use and to learn monstruosity...

For those of you who have Java installed and have a 7 GHz processor with 5,000MB of active RAM, JEdit is pretty good too.

Yet, if you have enough patience to wait for GEdit to start up, it has to be one of the finest non-term editors out there.

As far as the terminal goes, Nano suffices for all my needs. I find Vi/Vim clunky, and Emacs more of an exploration into Stallman's mind's Advanced File System than an editor.

April 17th, 2005, 06:17 PM
What is your favorite EDITOR?



April 17th, 2005, 06:38 PM

I know it's 'cooler' to use emacs or vi :)


May 4th, 2005, 10:43 PM
As a php developer I prefer quanta/kdevelop and/or eclipse (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/EclipseIDE) with the PHPEclipse (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/PHPEclipse) plugin. :-)

May 4th, 2005, 10:46 PM
As a php developer I prefer quanta/kdevelop and/or eclipse (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/EclipseIDE) with the PHPEclipse (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/PHPEclipse) plugin. :-)
I'm about to start up my PHP developing again... I'll have to look in to those :-D thanks!

And as for the topic at hand:
VIM with my cuddly .vimrc that I whipped up a couple years ago, or Gedit for quick jobs.

Professor X
May 5th, 2005, 12:45 AM
Might as well face it,
I'm addicted to vi (http://www.saki.com.au/mirror/vi/fun/addicted_to_vi.html)

May 5th, 2005, 02:22 AM
Vim or GVim definitely. After using Vim for a while, other editors just seem so slow and cumbersome to use. Especially having to move your hand back and forth from the keyboard to the mouse.

May 5th, 2005, 04:05 AM
Vim definitely....Jedit is good too...

May 5th, 2005, 04:32 AM
As a php developer I prefer quanta/kdevelop and/or eclipse (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/EclipseIDE) with the PHPEclipse (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/PHPEclipse) plugin. :-)
for PHP i prefer Zend Studio, but i'm gonna give eclipse a try thanks

May 5th, 2005, 06:20 PM
Gedit and vim

May 6th, 2005, 09:45 AM
hi friend!
i think emacs's the best one and you know why when i wanna work on some files in project i can switch between them with no problem as well as save them in ease way.but that's my private oppinion.

May 7th, 2005, 06:46 AM
My own. :P

I use vim on the terminal, but I don't think that it can match a well designed GUI editor. What I like most about vim is its efficient simplicity. Scratchpad shares this philosophy (although it's obviously not nearly as featureful yet :)).

May 7th, 2005, 12:55 PM
I like MonoDevelop (www.monodevelop.com) but it lacks good plugins like proper PHP syntax highlighting, FTP browser and a diff.

...I guess PHP is not what it's for anyway, but I like the clean interface, and that it's faster than jEdit.

May 7th, 2005, 02:15 PM
gvim :)

.vimrc (http://propirate.net/oracle/zipfiles/dot_vimrc)

May 11th, 2005, 02:09 AM
despite the coolness factor (to which I'm usually mostly immune), both emacs and vi (and variants) are very worthwhile editors to learn to use. Either will do, and the choice is mostly dependent on your own outlook, but learning to use one of them (and it truly does require much experience before you truly grok their usage) is an essentialstep towards effective coding. IDEs need not apply, in my opinion [-X.

Vim (the vi variant I use) seems a nice enough editor to me, and is what I use. It took me a long while to get used to it, and I only persevered because I was forced to program in a shell for a while and pico was starting to seem too weak. Nowadays, I tend to get somewhat confused when using gedit on my friend's computer and <esc>:wq doesn't work, and I have an extra :wq somewhere in the middle of the text. Personally, the key-chain thing in emacs is just plain weird (like my teacher said, one of these days, with the digital home in full blast, M-a C-c will turn on air conditioning), but eLisp has to be the single most powerful, high-level, developer friendly scripting facility supplied by an editor ever.

After a while of using vim, some things like multiple clipboard buffers become a must, and microsoft's implementation in Office will seem clunky compared to the apparently primitive but straightforwardly effective way of doing things vi(m?) adopted. I am yet to get fully used to the search and replace functionalities, but regex based search and replace is also a peerless facility for fast editing. Also, command mode vs edit mode vs visual mode are an abstraction layer that only requires a bit of getting used to.

as I once saw commented about linux, both vi and emacs are very user friendly. They're just picky about their respective friends.

May 11th, 2005, 03:03 AM
gedit/nano. I can use vi, but only when I have to.

May 11th, 2005, 03:15 AM
I really wanted to like vi for programming and stuff... just because it's already installed everywhere. But I just dont get it. It's usable for some basic like text editing or whatever but for writing lots of code, I need emacs and it's wonderful macros and simple interface.

August 6th, 2005, 09:57 PM
This thread would not be complete without this image:


However, my favourite is EMACS, and I see no reason to try another editor! :)

August 7th, 2005, 02:51 PM
Developers Pad is truly amazing. Second would be Notepad++

August 9th, 2005, 02:31 AM
vim :)

August 12th, 2005, 04:04 AM
Vim and Emacs are very fast and efficient once you get over the steep learning curve, but I have started using and very much like Nedit It is simple and to the point without having to learn pages and pages of key bindings.

August 20th, 2005, 05:02 PM
(the only problem being that your left-hand little finger tends to get a bit numb by pressing ESC so much ;-) )

See http://www.vim.org/tips/tip.php?tip_id=166 for an improvement. Explains how to have CapsLock be interpreted as Esc. It actually explains how to switch Caps-Lock and Esc, but WHO NEEDS CAPS-LOCK ANYWAY. :-)

I am a happy vimmer too.


August 20th, 2005, 09:53 PM
I use Vim as my main editor, but have recently discovered Gobby (http://gobby.0x539.de/). It's a very cool collaborative and cross platform (Linux, Windows and Mac) editor with IM like capabilities, syntax highlighting, and all the other goodies you'd expect from a decent editor.

It's a much smoother way to program in a group, rather than having someone typing and 3 people looking over their shoulder. And of course, you can program in a group without the group actually being assembled in one location.

August 21st, 2005, 02:11 AM

nano (which for some reason it reminds me of WordStar)

August 25th, 2005, 01:43 PM
I'm a programming nOOb but so far I really like kate

August 25th, 2005, 03:29 PM
I'm learning Vim, and I'm starting to really like it's philosophy!

My problem is, though i'm starting to get used to some of it's handy keystrokes there are so many more. As soon as i press a wrong key by slipping or something it goes away doing something not so helpful...moving all across the textfile/pasting some text/deleting stuff and things like that, and I get all lost. :-?

I know it is supposed to do stuff like that, but do you guys never make mistakes? :)

August 25th, 2005, 03:57 PM

August 26th, 2005, 08:21 AM
My favorite Editor is really gedit.
I simply love working with it.
For coding stuff i use the good old emacs.

August 29th, 2005, 02:20 PM

Stormy Eyes
August 29th, 2005, 02:39 PM
Vim uber alles!

August 29th, 2005, 07:07 PM
Vim or gedit, but mostly vim.

June 3rd, 2008, 07:59 AM
vote for vi

June 3rd, 2008, 08:18 AM
Visual Studio 2005 :)


June 3rd, 2008, 08:34 AM
visual Studio 2005 :)



June 3rd, 2008, 09:24 AM
Emacs. Although granted, it took a while to learn and I had to be forced into it.

I used to remember liking vi as well, we were forced to use it at college many years ago. Not so bad when you get used to it.

June 3rd, 2008, 09:58 AM
What you all are doing is reviving a thread that is about 3 years old, and the topic is something a bit pointless at that.

This thread is closed.

Artificial Intelligence
June 3rd, 2008, 10:01 AM
what You All Are Doing Is Reviving A Thread That Is About 3 Years Old, And The Topic Is Something A Bit Pointless At That.

This Thread Is Closed.