Re: looking for a good programming environment

Subject: Re: looking for a good programming environment
From: Philip A. Kirschner (
Date: Tue Jul 25 2000 - 08:12:55 MDT

I too am a CS student, and I whole-heartedly agree with Brett about Emacs.
It is a great tool to learn, and it will pay off in the long run once you
know the commands, which does take some time. I also thought I would add
to that, but saying that Vi is not the worst thing in the world to know
either. It may not be as fancy as Emacs is in general, but it can still
get the job done. If you are going to take the time to learn a Unix
editor and all its commands, like Emacs, you might as well take a crack at
Vi while you're at it.

Vi has less overhead than Emacs (if you are worried about that), there are
graphical versions with buttons and point-and-click interfaces (GVim
for example), and it has been my experience that not all machines have
emacs on 'em, but I have *never* seen one without Vi.

Just thought I would add that.


On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, Brett Humphreys wrote:

> Hey rich,
> I"m a CS student, and i've never used anything better than Emacs. You
> can also try Xemacs but it is a pain b/c it is very taxing on the system.
> Actually, if you want pretty color syntax highlighting, try xjed.
> these are all great editory. Emacs and Xjed both share the same
> Keybindings. THese take some time to learn, but do learn the keybindings.
> they are the greatest thing in teh world. I used to be a purely point
> and click kid, but then i met emacs and realized how muhc faster i could
> be. (plus how much cooler you look by doing things on the keyboard that
> would normallly take five or six mouseclicks :) )
> Try xjed, usually it is built right on the linux system. Read
> some docs on it. If you have any troubles lemme know.
> if you want a debuggger, i *highly* suggest you using GDB. It is
> a great debugger for C. And not impossible to learn.
> I'm a Teaching Assistant for my university, and i force my
> students to learn about Makefiles too. They will save your life. If you
> need sample makefiles lemme know.
> hope that helps.
> -brett
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm taking an intro to programming course and have been looking around
> > for a good programming environment for C. Right now I'm using XWPE, I
> > like it so far. I just downloaded Titano and CodeCommander.
> >
> > Does anyone have a favorite they'd like to recomend for a beginner who
> > mainly uses GNOME?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Rich
> >

* Phil Kirschner *
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