I use plain old vi or Vim pretty
regularly these days and in doing so have gotten through one of most painful and
frustrating learning curves ever. I actually prefer it to things like
jEdit and Homesite for a lot of editing tasks. Trouble is, I can’t
shake the urge to learn Emacs.
Of course now that I’m actually used to
type-beep-curse-type-curse-hit-escape editing, Emacs feels horrible.
All that control-meta key contortionism and C-x letter letter M-x
letter nonsense makes me want to shout even more obscenities than when
In spite of all that, I would really love to get used to a non-modal
editor that is infinitely customizable, free and, from what I hear, very
So I’m going through the tutorial just to see how much pain I can
withstand. Maybe I’ll write a couple of my next posts with it. If you
don’t hear from me for a few days, you’ll know why.