Text Editing for Coders

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Here are some text editors that are currently in common use at Free Geek:

  • vim -- a programmer's text editor that relies on you knowing a certain amount of arcane stuff. This editor is one of the variants of vi. Start "vimtutor" from the command line to learn how to use it.
  • nano -- probably one of the easiest to use for people new to editing text files under linux.
  • emacs -- a programmer's text editor with tons of features. Start it and type "Control-h t" to learn how to use it.

There's an ongoing religious war between vim and emacs users.

Aspiring coders should pick one and learn it.