What's the best text editor?
I couldn't take another H1B tirade, so I thought I'd start a religious war instead
a pencil :)
ISPF option 2.
Dr. Scheme GUI. I gotta embrace & extend it for Python/Jython. And those Pilot Precise pens, extra fine nib. Outside of the US, they're Pilot "Hi-Tecpoint". The Hi-Tecpoints look flashy, but grow on you. Europeans I've informally surveyed seem to like it better.
VIM and GVIM... on all platforms
Brief on MSDOS.
ed, without hesitation. See:
TextPad is good stuff.
My personal favourite (which doesn't get much press):
Go textpad. I even have csc.exe hooked into up-- no need for Visual Studio! (heh) Heck, I even PAID for textpad. Thats how good it is.
I second the vote for vim. It does plenty and runs nearly everywhere. Not easy to learn bu texceedingly easy to use. Good for most languages, configurable.
For development, USe n IDE, since you want intergrated debugging.
"What's the best text editor? "
no, not really
UltraEdit, for sure.
second on Textpad.
Sam, because of its structural regular expressions, its minimalist interface, and because the price is right.
Maybe both emacs and vi supporters have finally come to the conclusion that rest of us don't want to use awkward or byzantine editors just because they're free.
>>>How come nobody has yet mentioned emacs<<<
I've used just about every editor mentioned so far, but my favorite by far is Visual SlickEdit.
Former Emacs User
copy :con > myfile
Intellij IDEA for anything Java-related and EditPlus for the rest. UltraEdit is nice too but I still prefer EditPlus....
Jed. Can do everything that emacs can except eat all of your memory and swap space :-)
You guys have got to try out Scite:
TextPad unless you're using AmigaOS where I'd recommend TurboText. ;-)
Windows: TextPad. (Yeah, I paid for it too. New job, 1st question "Can you buy me a copy of textpad?")
I'm fond of "metapad"
I second SLICKEDIT. It's the best editor I have ever used. Works great on most platforms and most languages.
I third VisualSlickedit. It does most of the cool Emacs stuff for people like me are too lazy to learn how to use Emacs.
Ed the Millwright
UltraEdit for simple Java/Perl coding,
Textpad is the first small editor I have paid for (its only $25). I like to open it up when I need to do basic hacking. Sometimes the power of and ide is not needed. There are quite a few of my own projects I have created using textpad and ant/make/nant/etc. I'm not religous about it but I like it.
$329 for a text editor!
And while we are trashing the Slickedit site, did anyone notice that the four small screenshot thumbnails at the bottom of the Overview page add a measly 1.1MB to the total page download size. They could have created higher quality thumbnails using 20KB.
Ed the Millwright
On Windows, I use EditPad Pro for most of my programming. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoy DrScheme when programming in Scheme. When on a Unix machine, I usually use Emacs. I never learned to use Vi, though people seem to like it a lot. Really, command-oriented text editors never really appealed to me, probably because of my horrible experiences with Color ScriptsIt on the TRS-80 *shudder*.
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