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15. Find the Perfect Tools > The Candidates

The Candidates

Here are some of the editors that meet most of the criteria I laid out earlier. This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start.

VI

Of course, this one had to make the list. Many of the advanced features mentioned above started with this editor and the ones it was based upon. VI is still around and going strong. The most popular cross-platform version is called VIM (for “VI Improved”) and exists for all platforms. The only place where it falls a bit short is the readable macro syntax requirement. VI is incredibly hard to learn; it has a virtual cliff-face learning curve. But, once you’ve mastered it, you are the most effective manipulator of text possible. Watching experienced VI editors, people say that the cursor just follows the....


  

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