[clug] Text editor

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com
Sat Oct 25 07:07:28 MDT 2014

Why would you use a word processor rather than a text editor if you're
only editing text (especially if it's software, or a config file,

A few suggestions:

* Having a console-based editor helps with SSH'ing sessions, quick
edits, for when X fails, etc.

* Haivng a customisable and extensible editor (like vi[m], emacs,
etc.) allows you to add functionality and change the editor to suite
how it works for you.

* If doing software development, in some cases a customised editor can
be preferable to an IDE (again with customisability, not needing all
the "power" an IDE offers) or can be used for languages where no IDE
exists but you want syntax highlighting, parens matching, indentation
support, etc.

On 26 October 2014 00:00, Bryan Kilgallin <bryan at netspeed.com.au> wrote:
> I mean, why use the likes of vi/Vim, instead of say Gedit or Libre Office
> Writer?
> On 25/10/14 23:50, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic wrote:
>> How else would you edit text without a text-based editor? :s
>> And what does it being the 21st Century have to do with it?
>> On 25 October 2014 23:37, Bryan Kilgallin <bryan at netspeed.com.au> wrote:
>>> I have been learning Vim via vimtutor. As recommended by Rute.
>>> Why in the 21st century, use a text-based editor? This reminds me of
>>> using
>>> CP/M decades ago on a minicomputer. Is it an exercise in industrial
>>> archaeology, like learning to make cast-iron railway lines?
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Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
Ivan.Miljenovic at gmail.com

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