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Text Editors [Jan. 27th, 2013|09:22 pm]
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This is a question about what you use when you want to edit a file that contains text.

Poll #1892847 Text Editors
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 49

I use ...

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vi or a variant thereof
16 (23.9%)
Emacs or a variant thereof
7 (10.4%)
Notepad or a variant thereof
27 (40.3%)
MS-DOS Editor or a variant thereof
0 (0.0%)
Something else which I will explain in comments
17 (25.4%)


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[User Picture]From: sbisson
2013-01-27 09:35 pm (UTC)

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Something Scintilla-based on whatever OS I'm currently using.

By far the best text editing engine around...

Edited at 2013-01-27 09:36 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: catyak
2013-01-27 09:39 pm (UTC)

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Usually nano if in a text window, fallback is vi because that's usually part of Busybox. If it's a GUI then most likely kate, although mousepad/leafpad are options if it's not there. If I'm using Windows then I use med.

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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2013-01-27 09:49 pm (UTC)

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Mostly notepad (because I word on a windows enviroment) but nano and pico in linux, simply because I learnt to use pine in the early 90s.
[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2013-01-27 10:17 pm (UTC)

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Notepad++, which is Scintilla-based.

Not that I use a pure text editor that often.
[User Picture]From: flickgc
2013-01-27 10:34 pm (UTC)

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SubEthaEdit, which I suppose is closest to Notepad. But I'm not sure: I use it as though it were (except when I'm also using the nifty collaborative editing mode), but sometimes it does funny things when I use brackets and shortcut keys, and they well be based on something like Vi or Emacs. Dunno, never used them!
[User Picture]From: evil_mogwai
2013-01-27 11:00 pm (UTC)

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Sometimes I will use word - depend what I'm editing and whether its long lines or not.
[User Picture]From: bohemiancoast
2013-01-27 11:23 pm (UTC)

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This is a very complicated question.

If I am editing a text file that is *code*, I mostly use CodeRunner, which is a super-light IDE that's great for snippets (eg programming homework on MOOCs), except...

... that it doesn't have Lilypond syntax so I've been using Smultron for Lilypond, though I believe that the current build of Lilypond has restored the Mac IDE, so I might be using that next time...

... and I have just started the Stanford Coding Together iOS course, and that's Xcode of course.

For text files that are not code, there's two options:

If it's an actual file that I'm going to want to keep as a file, I mostly use TextEdit (which I suppose is 'Notepad or similar', except that it's a lot better which is why I use it). But most of my text writing is notes, and that all happens in Notational Velocity.

That might have been more detail than you wanted. Hrrm.
[User Picture]From: surliminal
2013-01-28 12:54 am (UTC)

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Um, Word?

Or that awful yellow notebook thing if in IPad.
[User Picture]From: drplokta
2013-01-28 06:09 am (UTC)

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Vim on Unix servers, TextMate on the Mac.
[User Picture]From: jhaelan
2013-01-28 06:52 am (UTC)

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UltraEdit
[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2013-01-28 06:58 am (UTC)

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I also use MacOS textedit
[User Picture]From: camies
2013-01-28 07:05 am (UTC)

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TextEdit. But if I was using a Windows machine, Notepad.
[User Picture]From: alex_holden
2013-01-28 07:59 am (UTC)

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Vim on the command line, or TextEdit when I'm using the Mac GUI.
[User Picture]From: ramtops
2013-01-28 08:47 am (UTC)

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Smultron or BBEdit. Onnamac.
[User Picture]From: smogo
2013-01-28 09:09 am (UTC)

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Notepad for html, Free JavaScript Editor for JS.
[User Picture]From: akicif
2013-01-28 10:09 am (UTC)

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EMACS at work and Textpad when I'm using Windows.
[User Picture]From: akicif
2013-01-28 11:28 am (UTC)

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Will use other editors from time to time, but I like to have decent regexp support.
[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2013-01-28 08:03 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, the regex support in Textpad is handy.
[User Picture]From: nexus_six
2013-01-28 10:09 am (UTC)

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EditPlus and Notepad++
[User Picture]From: baljemmett
2013-01-28 01:12 pm (UTC)

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Something which used to be called Crimson Editor but apparently isn't any more.
[User Picture]From: pne
2013-01-28 04:22 pm (UTC)

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Typically gvim, at least on Windows.
[User Picture]From: perlmonger
2013-01-28 04:59 pm (UTC)

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XEmacs mostly, I live in it during werk hours; vi for quick edits or if I'm just lacking X (don't usually bother with Emacs in character mode): ES Note Editor on Android.