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vi or emacs? neither - its like choosing between being shot or being stabbed. both are un-userfriendly for me. both too bloated. i had to use vi a few years ...
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    vi or emacs? neither - its like choosing between being shot or being stabbed. both are un-userfriendly for me. both too bloated. i had to use vi a few years back when i was learning java and it was a total nightmare. i came to hate it with a passion - everyone had the same sentiments about it. emacs is even worse. for development, i use anjuta and glade. for a simple editor, i use gedit.

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    Neither. They are both hideously complex and labour under a degree of geek arrogance that is by any simple measure shocking. IMHO.

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    I use Vim ... This used to be the name of a household surface cleaner, so it always makes me think about scrubbing the bath ... And believe me, my bath needs scrubbing.
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    Of the 2 choices I would choose vi.
    But I would rather use nano than vi.
    I don't need all the extra features that vi and emacs have. I just want to be able to edit a text file.
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    The reason I favor VIM is because my personal Linux guru [He/She posts in this forum but I wont say who he/she is...] told me that I needed to configure a file in order to change the screen resolution in Debian and I told him/her 'how?' He/She then proceeded to tell me 'in order to do that you need to open the file with a respectable editor so type vi X11... and modify it' [I don't remember exactly but you understand...] He/She was nice enough to tell me to do man vi before attempting to modify the file... I ended up downloading a VI tutorial from the University of Hawaii and learned to use VI to accomplish what I needed to do [Though, I know that I haven't scratched the surface and that I need to learn more but being able to modify a configuration file after studying a tutorial for 30 minutes? That was just too easy!] I then learned about the holly war between EMACS and VI and became curious about EMACS but after C-x C-h C-t it was just too much for me... EMACS didn't fit my personality but I do respect that piece of software... I am using VI to learn LaTeX and it has been a total joy... I dare say that you can fit all the commands that you need to use VI proficiently on a business card...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdenizen
    Neither. They are both hideously complex and labour under a degree of geek arrogance that is by any simple measure shocking. IMHO.

    Matty the Damned
    I find vim rather intuitive to use (much more so than Emacs which is no doubt very powerful but still untouched by me, and that's gonna stay like that for along while ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by daacosta
    Was my post inflamatory or was I decent? Was I respectful towards EMACS users?
    If more people posted like you I'd feel a lot less annoyed. And gender neutral as well!

    I think it's true that you can feel 'joy' using software. It's an unlikely source of pleasure, but when something works well it's great!

    Quote Originally Posted by daacosta
    I then learned about the holly war between EMACS and VI and became curious about EMACS
    Very seasonal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fingal
    I use Vim ... This used to be the name of a household surface cleaner, so it always makes me think about scrubbing the bath ... And believe me, my bath needs scrubbing.
    Over here in Belgium it still exists... Good ole Vim . In fact, it's even in my cleaning closet... My folks used it at home, and it's really good, so I definitely needed it at my place .
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    Quote Originally Posted by borromini
    Quote Originally Posted by fingal
    I use Vim ... This used to be the name of a household surface cleaner, so it always makes me think about scrubbing the bath ... And believe me, my bath needs scrubbing.
    Over here in Belgium it still exists... Good ole Vim . In fact, it's even in my cleaning closet... My folks used it at home, and it's really good, so I definitely needed it at my place .
    I'm coming over! Pour me a Stella ...
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