Re: [linux-audio-user] Opening up the discussion

From: Brett McCoy <idragosani@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Tue Jul 26 2005 - 02:12:42 EEST

Shayne O'Connor wrote:

> too true ... i've gotten the idea from this thread that emacs is a
> really powerful editor, that can do many a thing ... however, i'm too
> busy figuring out how to install/configure programs to actually learn
> how to use it. i mean, there should be *some* parts of linux that are
> "plug-n-play" ... especially a text editor!!!!

There are 'plug and play' text editors, like gedit or nano, and they are
excellent for dealing with config files and README docs. But emacs is
more than just a text editor, it's essentially a text-based IDE and can
do some very powerful things that the smaller editors can't. But for
the price of a higher learning curve. Emacs is is still highly
respected even on non-Unix platforms -- many Java IDEs like JBuilder or
Eclipse will let you configure your editor keybindings to the emacs style.

And this is the point we keep coming back to -- for some things, the
simpler 'click and use' software is just what is needed. For other
things, a deeper understanding and bigger learning curve will lead to
more powerful capabilities that the former can't provide.

-- Brett

Programmer by Day, Guitarist by Night
Received on Tue Jul 26 04:15:13 2005

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