View Poll Results: My favourite TTY editor

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  • Vi

    41 51.90%
  • Emacs

    27 34.18%
  • Ed

    4 5.06%
  • TTY editors are for über geeks and I'm not one of them.

    7 8.86%
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Thread: Vi vs Emacs

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    Vi vs Emacs

    Hi,

    In my free time I'm a webdeveloper and most of the time I'm using GUI editors as notpad++ (windows), geany and gedit. But recently I installed a server version of ubuntu and was amazed by vi (before i used pico). I'm thinking about using the editor as standard editor and find a clone for windows.

    But like most things in the Open source community there is a big alternative: Emacs.

    Searching with google gave me some results to understand the most differences between Vi and Emacs. But it's not clear which one is best for webdevelopment (xhtml, css, javascript, php, sql, xml, ...) Please give your personal opinion, try to respect everyone choice and don't make this a flame threat.

    And in the meantime, please give your chose of favorit TTY editor.

    Thanks

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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    I voted for Vi not because it is superior to emacs or anything. Vi was the first UNIX editor I used and fell in love with it and mastered it along the way. When in GUI I sometimes use GVIM. I have never used emacs let alone compare it with Vi.
    Last edited by kpkeerthi; July 10th, 2009 at 11:32 AM. Reason: fix typo

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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    TTY editors are for über geeks and I'm not one of them.

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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    I prefer vim, but vi is good too.
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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    Flames aside, is ed there as a joke? Might be useful if your screen only fits one line of text I suppose...

    I'm sure it once was useful, but I struggle to see a situation where it is in anyway more useful than vi, emacs or nano.

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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyCee View Post
    Flames aside, is ed there as a joke? Might be useful if your screen only fits one line of text I suppose...

    I'm sure it once was useful, but I struggle to see a situation where it is in anyway more useful than vi, emacs or nano.
    ed is useful within Vi/Vim command mode.

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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    I took a tutorial on emacs in university and have been using it ever since. I have never really tried vi and have difficulty remembering the commands whenever I use it.

    I wonder how many people actually switch from vi to emacs or vice versa. It seems like if you are proficient at one, there is very little need to switch to the other.

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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyCee View Post
    Flames aside, is ed there as a joke? Might be useful if your screen only fits one line of text I suppose...

    I'm sure it once was useful, but I struggle to see a situation where it is in anyway more useful than vi, emacs or nano.
    Yes, it's a joke. While searching for information I found the following on wikipedia:

    Frequently, at some point in the discussion, someone will point out that ed is the standard text editor.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Editor_war

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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    vimacs
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    Best thread ever

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    Re: Vi vs Emacs

    Nano. Because Vi and Emacs would be like swatting a mosquito with a nuclear warhead for what little and really basic editing I do on a console. Besides, Nano is nice enough to remind me what the commands are, and I never can remember.
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