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[REBOL] Re: GVIM Editor

From: chris:starforge:demon at: 13-Mar-2002 13:21

Dr. Louis A. Turk wrote:
> So, please explain: why do you think emacs is better than vim? and for > what uses would vim be better than emacs? Also, what version of emacs > do you recommend for use with Windows 2000?
To answer your questions in reverse order, Emacs-21.1 is the latest (and best) version of Emacs, you can obtain it from The file is about 16Mb, winzip can understand the tar.gz - you just need to unpack it somewhere on your system and run emacs-21.1\bin\emacs.exe For an example of the different between emacs an vim, take your recent cut and paste problem. In emacs you just highlight the section of text you want to cut and either select "Cut" from the Edit menu, or press Ctrl-w (to copy something simply select the text - that automagically sticks it inthe clipboard). To paste stuff off the clipboard, more the cursor to where you want it to go and press Ctrl-y or move the mouse over the location you want it to go and press the middle mouse button. Copy and paste between other programs via the clipboard works as well. Emacs also offers multiple buffers visible in a single window, or multiple windows each with multiple buffers (makes working on multiple sources easy).You can even launch a DOS prompt inside the editor to test your code without having to start DOS explicitly (press Alt-X, then type 'shell') Loading files is just a matter of selecting Open File.. from the file menu (or pressing Ctrl-C, Ctrl-F) saving is done via the menu of Ctrl-C, Ctrl-S. You can also load a directory list (Ctrl-x, Ctrl-d or look in the File menu) from which you can load files just by highlighting them wiht the mouse (navigattion through the directory tree is also possible). You can switch between buffers by pressing Ctrl and the left mouse button to get a list, then select the buffer from the menu. There are modes for more or less every programming language (including rebol), configuration of the program's options is done via a hierarchical menu system, you can even interactively launch internal operations by pressing Alt-X and then typing th ecommand (with autocomplete no less) and... Well really all I can suggest is that you give it a whirl - emacs is one of those things you either love or hate. Unlike the shell-only version you don't need to memorise all the keyboard commands (and most of the basic ones are easy to pick up and remember, mostly Ctrl-combos) and 21.1 is a big improvement over previous versions. Chris -- .------{ }-----. .--------------------------. =[ Explorer2260, Designer and Coder \=\ P: TexMaker, ROACH, site \ =[___You_will_obey_your_corporate_masters___]==[ Stack: EETmTmTRRSS------ ]