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I recently came across a heated conversation between a couple of programmers over what the ''best'' code editor is to use... So I thought I''d bring it over here. Which editor is the BEST? I personally think Visual Slickedit is, fully customisable, context highlighting etc, etc. There must others out there though. Vi is pants though - heh, heh that should get some of you going }9¬)

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It''s not gonna get us going... the "ONLY" editor I use is the DOS Edit... I write all of my coding there... then i save/open/run in windows... there''s no other editor that''s better than DOS'' edit.. im out

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I personally use MS Visual Studio. It''s a great editor and has what is considered the best debugger out there.

I have SlickEdit, but there are two main problems I have with it. One, is that even tho it is so configurable (which is sweet) I can''t find any documentation on how to change a specific feature, so I go hunting through the 1 million+ macros trying to find one that looks like it might work, which a pain. I''ve spent nearly a whole day trying to get SlickEdit to mimic VS (and I still ain''t done). The other problem is that SlickEdit is missing a feature that VS has through a third party DLL. This DLL will put tabs under your edit window, one tab for each file you have open. You click on the tab to switch to that file. Makes it so much easier to work on large projects.

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Urgh! EMACS rulez! (I''m *so sorry*! I had to say that! Sometimes, the voices in my head make me do so.) It''s highly customizable, can handle almost all filesizes, has syntax highlighting for some languages including U**X shell scripts and is available on many platforms. Furthermore, it''s free.
But If you plan to tame the beast (configure it), then you''d better have some free nights.

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bLEH! i really never liked emacs. too many damn hotkeys...
i like pico better for small editing in linux...

as far as code editing in windows, i''d say VS6...

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At the opposite end of the scale, I hate the Borland C++ Builder editing interface. It seems to treat my tabs as spaces, even when I''ve tried to turn this off, it doesn''t provide an easy way to select whole lines properly, and is far too ''literal'' in interpreting where I want to put the caret when I click. Not to mention its idea of ''smart tabs'' don''t seem very smart. Grr.

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VS6
It has autocomplete, and the classview is very good

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For simple editing, I like ultraedit in Windows. For coding I like to use vi in linux and VS6 in Windows. I do all my Java coding in vi, tho.

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Just thought I''d throw this in for you guys. A friend of mine who works at Microsoft tells me that close to half the programmers there don''t even USE Visual Studio, they use SlickEdit (it has almost every feature in VS, like AutoComplete, etc) which looks amazingly like VS, yet is totally configurable.

BTW, it can also read VS6 projects.

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What on earth possesses you to use vi for Java???
Arrgghh!!! (no offence, I spend all day coding Java, and every now and then I am forced to use the damn thing...)

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Your all a bunch of lilly livered amatures. Real programmers use paper and pencil. Then we translate the instructions by hand into hex and manually 'poke' then into memory.

But seriously, I want to use my old dos editor (it had programmable macros, could even play space invaders on it!), but it lacks the inline compilation debug support of most Graphical IDE's. I kinda like Visual Studios editor (as an editor it sux but the browse database is great).

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Edited by - DeltaVee on June 28, 2000 10:39:41 AM

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I agree about the Borland editor! Stay away from it. If I try to open my old C++Builder source files in a "real" editor like Editor99 or Visual Studio, the tabs in some sections are all screwed up. Then somewhere they''re OK. But they''re ALL spaces, no matter what editor options I had selected. It''s weird.

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Hmmm... I think I have to add something to my first post. I actually use XEmacs for programming under Linux. It''s a little easier to handle than the "pure" counterpart. For small hacks and config editing I''m using vim (not vi which has a screwed up screen handling and some strange behaviour...)
I had some hard time to find a free editor for Windoze - after all, I''m a poor student - and only found Emacs. If anyone could tell me where I can get a free editor which has syntax highlighting for Perl and C/C++, I''d be too happy.

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