LFE (Looking For Editor)

When you say your editor has Emacs bindings, unless you’ve correctly implemented ^U don’t even bother to make the claim. You don’t get it, and you probably never will, and if you argue with me about it I will simply walk away, shaking my head. Also, if your editor automatically makes a blank line at the end of a file, I will find you and teach you the errors of your ways (hint: patching binaries with Emacs is not uncommon).

That is all.

[Epsilon, my favorite editor, hasn’t had an update since 2006 or so, and it’s getting a little long in the tooth. Also, it’s not totally wonderful on MacOS. It’s still perfectly serviceable, but I’d like to have some of the creature comforts of Sublime Text, or Komodo but none of them are really quite there. Surprisingly, XCode is the best one I’ve found, but it doesn’t grok ^U and probably can’t be made to, and this makes my fingers itch.]

Author: landon

My mom thinks I'm in high tech.

5 thoughts on “LFE (Looking For Editor)”

  1. Xcode can absolutely be made to grok ^U and more. Open up the “Key Bindings” section of the preferences and go wild.

    1. I don’t see a way to get the stateful “multiplicative” nature of C-U to work in Xcode. If it’s buried in there, I’d love to know where. This is something that nearly every Emacs binding wannabe is incapable of, but I’d be happy to be wrong.

      I use C-U C-U C-U all the flipping time, and not having it makes me sad.

      I nearly got a guy fired from the MPW group at Apple; I was egging him on to add keyboard macros to the editor, and he did, sort of behind management’s back. I think the thing that saved his job was the fact that it was so obviously a Good Thing to do and one of the best features they’d added to the editor in years, that canning him would have been quite bad. I think that Kurt got C-U right because I sat down and explained why it was important, and he got it, but it was sure hard to explain to the people who were getting the knives out . . .

  2. If you like emacs, that’s still around. Use it every Day in OS X and Win 7.

    Magit and AUCTeX and especially Org-Mode are unbeatable, IMO.

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