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[#] Mon Mar 12 2018 22:16:50 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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I thought Emacs had its roots with DEC PDP-11 systems running RT-11? DEC had a text editor that they used, and "EMACS" was back then nothing more than a bunch of Editor MACroS. Can't remember the original editor's name, too lazy to Google, and can't be arsed to bother right now.

[#] Tue Mar 13 2018 10:28:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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James Gosling.  His implementation of emacs began in 1981, with editor macros written in an embedded subset of LISP.

Stallman eventually turned his nose up at it, as he does with most things, and began GNU Emacs.



[#] Tue Mar 13 2018 14:03:03 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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He should think twice about that--Emacs is kind of an ungodly mess, UI-wise. But on rare occasions I drop into it because of some function that might not exist (that I know of) elsewhere.

[#] Thu Mar 29 2018 15:33:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I just stormed out of a meeting for that exact reason.

Someone said something to the effect of "I prefer emacs."

I snapped my laptop shut, said "We don't say those words.  Not in this house." and without missing a beat, walked out of the room.



[#] Fri Mar 30 2018 13:18:08 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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I prefer emacs too. It goes well with relish and catsup/ketchup/however the hell it's spelled/spelt/wtf. When I'm done, I go back to work using Vim.
;)

[#] Mon Apr 02 2018 08:08:49 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I tried emacs for a couple of years or so in college.

After growing weary of holding down the ctrl key, I started looking to vi (via vim), and it much easier to use.

Which might seem a bit weird, but I guess I'm comfortable with the whole modal command thing.

[#] Tue Apr 03 2018 09:45:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I tried emacs for a couple of years or so in college.

Of all of the harmful things and self-abusive lifestyles one can potentially experiment with during the college years ... you picked a really, really, really bad one.

I hope it didn't permanently damage you.

[#] Tue Apr 03 2018 11:42:23 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Unlikely.

I far prefer vi(m). The momentary flit with That Other Editor is well behind me.

I view it as a perl of editors.

[#] Tue Apr 03 2018 16:24:24 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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perl's before swine :-D

[#] Wed Apr 04 2018 19:31:59 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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"Which is your preferred text editor?" is a great interview question.

[#] Wed Apr 04 2018 20:11:24 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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pico/nano.... 



[#] Thu Apr 05 2018 08:58:23 EDT from Haven @ Uncensored

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Wed Apr 04 2018 20:11:24 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

pico/nano.... 



 

Same here.  I prefer nano.   I can use vi/vim, and do quite often.  I just prefer the simpleness of Nano.  



[#] Thu Apr 05 2018 13:06:33 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I don't find nano very simple.

But then, I've been using vim a long time, and have built up a familiarity with it that lets me make it work for me.

I haven't done the same with nano. For all I know, it's as functional as vim.

I have had many occasions where I needed to make massive edits in my file, and found vim to work very nicely for that.

[#] Thu Apr 05 2018 13:37:37 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Back in the days of DOS I used/purchased a shareware program called Qedit by Semware.  

I used nano because that is what my ex-boss used. At one point we were running a custom Linux and that was the only editor.  I don't know if nano was better or worse than any other editor but I was familiar with nano.

 



[#] Thu Apr 05 2018 14:15:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I'm genuinely curious...

With nano, can you record the execution of a series of discrete edits (e.g. copy from this part of the line, paste to this part of the line, move left 2 characters and insert an 'e', that kind of stuff), into a sort of macro that you can then execute repeatedly x number of times?

I keep finding myself having a need for that style of editing, where I might have 'weird edits' like the above in 20 lines or so.

[#] Thu Apr 05 2018 14:26:33 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I think I just answered my question.

The answer is 'no'.

While nano does have syntax highlighting, which is nice, and it has some nice cut-n-paste things that it can do, it isn't as robust as vim. Not by a long shot.

You can't highlight a block of text and auto-indent it, like you can with vim. It doesn't even really do smart indenting at all, just a kind of 'indent like the last line' style of indenting, which is fine, but not as nice as something that understands the language you're writing in.

And that's fine, but I really do find myself using these extra features in vim.

[#] Thu Apr 05 2018 17:18:04 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=GNU-Nano-2.9-Released

First up, GNU Nano 2.9 has the ability to record and replay keystrokes within the text editor. M-: is used to start/stop the keystroke recording session while M-; is used to playback the macro / recorded keystrokes. 

 


[#] Fri Apr 06 2018 10:41:14 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Well, that'll be a nice add to the tool.

[#] Thu Apr 19 2018 11:17:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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2018-04-04 19:31 from Ragnar Danneskjold
"Which is your preferred text editor?" is a great interview question.


I happen to know that Ragnar stabs people who answer "emacs"

He had to stop doing interviews in his own office because we got tired of cleaning blood off the carpet.

[#] Mon Apr 23 2018 13:12:45 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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As much as I love using Vim, I think most would agree the only correct answer to that question is, "My own."

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