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I like vim, specifically MacVim. Vim is based on the idea that you spent just as much (if not more) time editing code as you do writing code. And the assumption is that using the mouse is slow, so Vim provides a bunch of ways to manipulate text using the keys. It has two modes Visual Mode (used to manipulate text) and Insert Mode (used to insert text). However, because of that there is a bit of a learning curve. It takes a good month before you start to feel comfortable using it, but it's so worth it. And there's always more to learn. In the end, I'll use anything with syntax highlighting. I hate bloated IDEs like Eclipse. I prefer the "get out of my way" type of text editors.
Don't know about the professor though, heh.
hey Matt, thanks for the reply. I've used VIM but it seems that VIM does not color highlight the codes automatically or I'm doing something wrong?
I've also tried ERIC, Eclipse, and EMACS but all without highlighting or color differentiating
I don't think it does by default. My MacVim does it though and I'm sure most custom "flavors" do as well. To customize vim, you're supposed to edit your .vimrc file which can set a lot of customizations. I'm a bit of a newb there though because someone else set mine up real nice for me, heh. I do have these two lines though, which look related: colorscheme vividchalk syntax enable
Here is how to do it in app, or like my .vimrc: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/turn-on-or-off-color-syntax-highlighting-in-vi-or-vim/
Haven't used Emacs, but I know that is the big war between coders: vim vs emacs. We all hate Eclipse though, I feel.
ahhhh, cool, I'll be sure to check it out. I'm running Ubuntu(Linux) so my UI is linear and simple but I'll definitely look into it
Yea, Eclipse seems a bit too much for me, at least this stage of learning I couldn't even figure out how to start coding without reading the tutorial...
anyhow, thanks for the info~~~ Appreciate it :)
Yea, the "Linux way" (I think) is to run most things Eclipse provides from the command line (like compilation). So I enjoy my text editor not trying to do those things.
I believe the professor is using IDLE which comes along with the MacPython install.
Although I like Vim as well.. especially since its also available for the iPad
Hi Adam, so I suppose Linux Python doesn't come with it? Because I'm accessing Python directly from the Unix terminal. Any idea?
I've got VIM on ipad as well, but can't get pass the first screen where it shows a simple instruction on help etc. regardless of what I input or type...
ahhh~~~nvm found IDLE, had to do an apt-get to install it. Thanks for the note Adam
I use emacs. It works (including interactive) for Python, Perl, gnuplot, maxima, R. It's cool
Nano/Pico are decent editors and Gedit has a ton of plugins that really lets you customize the environment but takes a while to setup and configure. For windows I use notepad++.