Which is best?
In the past year I’ve successfully changed my primary text editor from TextMate to Emacs. As a web developer my needs aren’t great, but my decision to switch was fueled by my never-satisfied question of: “Am I using the best text editor?” In short, my quest lead me to a fork in the road… emacs or vim.
I chose emacs. TextMate is a brilliant text editor for Mac, and I’m not going to go into all the reasons why it’s a good text editor, but features I found myself wanting were split windows, incremental searching and more powerful file-system integration (searching, filtering and editing of files). Every programmer’s preferences are different, so it stands to reason that the perfect text editor is one that is powerful and customizable enough to be tailored to each users’ preferences and needs. Emacs has not left me wanting, but a year down the line a lifehacker post titled, “Five Best Text Editors” has reawakened the burning question… Is emacs the best text editor?
If you’ve hit this brick wall and are now at the “emacs or vim” fork, here are some links that might help you come to a decision.
The internet is full of opinions when it comes to emacs and vim, and it can be really hard to make an objective choice. Learning both editors, considering their learning curve, is impractical; but it’s the only way to find out if the shoe fits. If you are interested in following my findings, as well as other noteworthy web related topics, please feel free to subscribe via RSS, or follow me on twitter (http://twitter.com/vorn). Also: if you have any comments on the holy war that is emacs vs vim, please leave a comment!