Real emacs at last.


yellow

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Emacs is a very powerful text editor.
Originally for UNIX (UNIX flavors) and later (more popularly, IMO) for X11.
 

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yellow said:
LOL.

I Heart Lisp.
You know what I mean. LISP = Lots of Inane Stupid Parentheses (or List Processor.)

We didn't need a GUI to have editor windows. There were plenty of keyboard combinations but you could do anything with emacs. I could never get a warm and fuzzy feeling for vi or vim--they're awful, since they're based on ed.
 

yellow

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bousozoku said:
LISP = Lots of Inane Stupid Parentheses (or List Processor.)
LOL! I've never heard it called that, but hells yes you are right.

bousozoku said:
I could never get a warm and fuzzy feeling for vi or vim--they're awful, since they're based on ed.
I am in the same boat. I used to have to edit Circle MUDs with ed. [shudder]. And vi.. well, let's just say I learned enough to :wq :)

Remember, you can't spell evil without vi!
 

stcanard

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yellow said:
And vi.. well, let's just say I learned enough to :wq :)

Remember, you can't spell evil without vi!
Ooh, them's fighting words!

I used to be completely emacs, but the more I use it the more I'm getting to like vi. Fast, always available, and awesome search and replace capabilities.

That is, as long as you don't go nuts when typing :%s/^MySearch/Otherstuff/

I will admit on complex things I do fall back to the more user-friendly emacs.
 

yellow

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Me, I'm a lamewad.

It's pico first, emacs second, wring my hands, stomp my feet, cry, beg, cry some more, eat a sandwich, vi.
 

bousozoku

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yellow said:
LOL! I've never heard it called that, but hells yes you are right.

I am in the same boat. I used to have to edit Circle MUDs with ed. [shudder]. And vi.. well, let's just say I learned enough to :wq :)

Remember, you can't spell evil without vi!
I'd rather use ed than vi. Actually, those of us who got involved in programming on the IBM PC early had to use edlin which was ed with a longer name.

Raven VII:

Yes, emacs is part of the developer tools in Mac OS X and works quite well but it doesn't have an GUI pieces and that really rattles some people's cages.
 

mwpeters8182

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I'm glad to see emacs is available for OS X, and it's not an X11 port. I've been using gvim at school for my coding, and TextWrangler at home (when I need to edit a thing or two), but maybe I'll try to switch to emacs, so things are the same on both sides.

MP
 

stcanard

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yellow said:
Me, I'm a lamewad.

It's pico first, emacs second, wring my hands, stomp my feet, cry, beg, cry some more, eat a sandwich, vi.
You'll laugh, but I always get lost in Pico/Nano. I can never figure out how to save or exit.

I do still far prefer emac's ability to split windows so easily, even when I'm in a terminal interface. It depends on what I'm doing -- quick and dirty = vi, anything more involved = emacs (or cursing that they didn't install it and back to vi).
 

iMeowbot

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Raven VII said:
Hmm, isn't emacs already included in OS X? And it doesn't require X11 either?
Sort of, but the stock one was limited to use inside the terminal. This port is a real live Aqua program, so you can have multiple full-sized buffer windows open, the font lock that isn't half-baked and so on. And lots of menus if you don't feel like typing Escape-Meta-Alt-Control-Shift.

I swear I played Tetris on it once... :)
I missed having a comfy place to run Gnus. This might even be enough to put Mail.app to bed.
 

iMeowbot

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Loge said:
There is also this alternative version for aqua,

http://emacs-on-aqua.sourceforge.net/

It's a little while since I used Emacs, so I haven't really compared.
That's not a bad port, but it's based on an old version of emacs (20.7, about five years old now). The version skew becomes annoying when you want to use newer lisp packages.
 

Loge

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True it's an older version, but seems to support more OS X features, at least "out of the box".

Out of interest, how did you get the anti-aliased fonts that you mention in your first post?
 

iMeowbot

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Oh, I see what you mean. You get the old Carbon-style anti-aliasing normally, but the newer OS X type if you have Silk installed.
 

GeeYouEye

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SubEthaEdit for me if I can get away with it, then vim, then vi, then echo "..." > file.txt && (awk || sed), then emacs, then pico. As you might guess, I really don't like either emacs or pico, and emacs only a bit more because it's got tetris that i can play when i get frustrated trying to get the damn thing to work.
 

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bousozoku said:
To me, it's the worst editor on UNIX, ed is slightly better because it doesn't have pretensions of being something else. vi was originally just a shell for ed anyway.
It definitely takes a different mindset. I do still find the switch between command and editing mode annoying (especially when you accidentally delete 1/2 your document because you started typing while in command mode).

To me vi has one huge thing going for it. Wherever I am, on whatever unix or clone I am using, I can guarantee that vi is available. I started using it more and more out of habit just because of that, then finally started to get used to it. I used to hate it with a passion. Now that I've realized a lot of the navigation commands have roots in regex's (e.g. start of line is ^) its started getting easier.

Heh, bet you never thought you'd see an evil vs. Eight-hundred Mb Always Swapping (yeah, I've updated it) argument on a Mac board. Boy OSX has sure changed things :)