[CentOS] gcc editor for newbie (Emacs or vim or ?)

Lanny Marcus lmmailinglists at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 16:04:01 UTC 2008

On Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 6:43 PM, William L. Maltby
<CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-08-10 at 15:40 -0700, Akemi Yagi wrote:
>> On Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 3:11 PM, Frank Cox <theatre at sasktel.net> wrote:
>> > On Sun, 10 Aug 2008 17:04:16 -0500
>> > Lanny Marcus <lmmailinglists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Should I try to learn
>> >> vi (Vim) (which obviously will help me, if I ever need to
>> >> administer a remote box)  or install Emacs or something else,
>> >> for the gcc editor?
> These two usually result in religious wars. Emacs is *very* powerful and
> customizable and extensible. Probably makes the learning curve longer.
> But it already has definitions for several languages. Vim also has some.

Bill: I am going to have a *huge* learning curve with C++, so I am going to go
with vi (vim) or something *very* close to it and avoid the long learning curve
of Emacs. Emacs is a completely different breed. Apples to Oranges.
> I never used emacs much as I already had a "cake walk" into vi (now vim)
> because it uses a lot of what you find in regex, which I was intimately
> familiar with, from heavy "ed" usage before vim was a gleam in someone's
> eye.

I used an Intel editor, years ago, that probably was something like vim. Prefer
not to need to memorize, but if I use it often enough, I will learn it
and be able
to use it.
> If you already have some familiarity with regex (grep, sed, et al),
> you'll probably find vim faster to learn.

No experience with those.
> Then I would suggest that. Otherwise, take a quick browse of the man
> pages for both, pick one or the other and use it (almost) exclusively.
> You'll quickly become competent if you use it a lot and take brief reads
> of succeeding sections in the man pages or tutorials.

Vi or vim. I think Emacs would just cloud my mind, when I'm trying to absorb
C++    Lanny

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