Re: Recommended editor for novice programmers?
- Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2017 08:30:09 -0700
- From: Larry Dighera <LDighera@xxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Recommended editor for novice programmers?
On Sat, 2 Sep 2017 20:46:33 -0400, rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>I do occasionally use vi (when
>I'm stuck with no other editor), but I wouldn't wish either on a novice
>programmer. Further, I don't think they have any advantage over a good GUI
>editor with features like a scripting language, keyboard macros, outlining /
>folding, syntax highlighting, and such.
The vi (visual interface) editor was used by AT&T (the developers of
Unix under government contract) service personnel to administrate the
US telephone network over dial-up connections. As there was no mouse
support in those early days, vi was designed to be used entirely from
the keyboard, a feature touch-typists will appreciate because it
doesn't require reaching for a mouse and abandoning the home-row hand
With regard to the missing features being lamented above:
For syntax highlighting, simply write: "Esc:syntax on" to activate the