Re: debian-user-digest Digest V2017 #975
- Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2017 12:55:00 +1200
- From: Ian Martin <martin_id@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: debian-user-digest Digest V2017 #975
The emacs (non-DFSG) info pages will be useful for novices, but will
be absent unless you install them. The emacsNN-common-non-dfsg package
for the corresponding version (NN) of emacs is one way to do so.
Geany +1 ( with the addon packages). Also Bluefish.
Novices are on a steep learning curve as it is. If you're trying to
encourage them to consider programming as a viable use of time,
minimising the number of new things to learn before they achieve a
result is important. Most computer users already know how to interact
with an Office text editor; changing the paradigm to that of vim or
emacs condemns them to having to learn a whole new way of opening/
While I have used emacs & vim, there's a feeling of intense satisfaction
on actually managing to save a changed file without any unpleasant
surprises. It shouldn't be that much of a relief! If
copy/move/edit/save requires significant cognitive effort, there's
something wrong with the process and only the stubborn will survive.
Pointing people to the manual for that basic a process is not a
solution; if I bought a bicycle that required me to read the manual
before I could ride it, it'd be returned unfit for purpose a.s.a.p.