Ron Perrella is the webmaster for this site.
I thoroughly enjoy learning new TextEditors and I'm anything but a bigot -- I've used both VI and Emacs as well as a slew of other text editors. I believe in using the right editor for the job and that no one size fits all.
My email is lastname (lowercase) at that yahoo place.
Historically, I started on the following text editors in chronological order...
- 1982 EDLIN -- on Zenith Z-DOS
- 1983 NevadaEdit -- on CP/M (on my Zenith Z100 )
- 1984 UtahEdit -- on MsDos
- 1984 QEDIT -- aka TSE
- 1984 see -- came with DeSmet C88 on MsDos
- 1984 WordStar -- on MsDos
- 1984 TurboPascal -- on MS/DOS
- 1985 AmigaEd -- on AmigaDos? (on my Amiga 500 at my AlmaMater? [ http://www.rosehulman.edu RoseHulmanInstituteOfTechnology? ] )
- 1986 MG -- on AmigaDos? (specifically MG2a) which I installed when it was MicroGnuEmacs and not MG.
- 1986 WordPerfect -- on AmigaDos?
- 1986 EDT -- on VAX/VMS
- 1986 TPU TpuEditor -- on VAX/VMS
- 1986 TheSemwareEditor -- on MSDOS
- 1986 BlackBeard -- on MsDos
- 1987 XyWrite -- on MsDos
- 1988 VI -- Sun 3/60 UNIX
- 1990 GnuEmacs -- on AIX, Ultrix, and SunOS? (ah, my first job!)
- 1990 TPU -- on VAX/VMS (tpu was always sweet)
- 1992 IBM E3 -- on OS/2 and AIX (internal use only but then again, I was working at IBM in Boca Raton, FL)
- 1993 IBM XEDIT -- on VM/CMS (on a IBM mainframe.)
- 1993 SlickEdit -- on OS/2 and MsDos (with the original RexxLanguage)
- 1994 VisualSlickEdit for Windows V1.0 -- on Windows (with the then-new CLikeMacroLanguage?)
- 1994 MultiEdit V8.0j
- 1995 VIM -- on HP/UX, then AIX, then Solaris, then Linux
- 1996 XEmacs -- on AIX, Linux, Windows (occasional use.)
- 2000 VEDIT -- on MsDos (nostalgia)
- 2005 TextPad -- thanks to my colleagues at work for turning me on to this.
- 2005 PSPad -- on Windows/XP
- 2006 Boxer -- thanks to the folks at Boxer for allowing me a licensed copy.
I know that at some point, I was using freemacs as well but I can't place it in history!
So, what am I using today?
My primary TextEditor is VIM. It is powerful, fast, and runs on anything. I have it installed on all of my Windows and Linux machines. At work, it is the very first tool I port to any platform. Although I've used VIM for years, I'm quite poor at plain vi. No visual marking with the 'V' key? How crude!
I also use the NotePadPlusPlus TextEditor as a replacement for Windows' NotePad which just stinks ( I used to use CrimsonEditor but it is dead. then PSPad as well )
I dabble with other text editors when I'm working but those two do most of the heavy lifting.
I have written GnuEmacs Lisp macros as well as SlickEdit macros. Unfortunately, at $300+ a pop, SlickEdit is out of my price range. That's when GnuEmacs or XEmacs starts to look really good. I haven't (in 2006) started using a MacroLanguage with VIM.