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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Programmers Editors - [1:05 PM]

Brief EditorI've been thinking about the Emacs.Net story that surfaced a few weeks back. It's beginning to make more and more sense. In the past I've used Crimson to do quick edits on everything from HTML to batch files so the idea of a quick, lightweight, editor you can hop in and out of makes complete sense.

My hope for Emacs.Net is we'll get a lightweight core editor that is highly extensible, the idea of incorporating the Monad shell is nice. Emacs and Vi fit those requirements. On the PC we had a great editor at the end of the 80's called Brief from UnderWare, yes that was the name of the company. It was an all text mode editor that allowed you to load multiple buffers, split windows in multiple different directions, and was extensible in a Lisp like and later a C like language. It was, for lack of a better term, the cats meow and I used it long into my Windows development career.

On the Mac I've been using Smultron and TextMate, both very good editors, super clean, quick to load, and easy to use. On Windows I've discovered Intype and e, both seem to be efforts to produce a small, quick, easy to use Windows editors.

Emacs.Net should be an interesting product, hopefully it'll deliver a great experience to the end-user. Somehow, I think it will.

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