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From "Chappell, Simon P" <>
Subject [OT] Text editor usage (was RE: [OT]: What is vim?)
Date Mon, 03 Mar 2003 21:38:25 GMT
Actually, my primary point was text editor usage and programmer ability.

It is my personal observation that the better programmers use text editors. (vi or emacs or
jedit or vim ... I don't care ... that's not the argument here). I'm not quite saying that
IDEs are bad, although I'm certainly tempted to say that some days, but programmers who CAN
program with text editors and command-line tools are orders of magnitude better than those
who can't. You are more than welcome to tell me that you believe this is not so, but I have
observed it enough that, to me, it is a truism.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: David Graham []
>Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 2:56 PM
>Subject: RE: [OT]: What is vim?
>> >
>> >VIM (vi) beats the hell out of EMACS, unless you are a LISP
>> >weenie with a
>> >masochistic bent.  And any non-dot-completion editor refines
>> >your sense of
>> >the API because it forces you to RTFM.
>> >
>> >Mark
>I use an ide and am referencing javadoc all the time anyways.  
>I don't see 
>any correlation between ide use and api ignorance.
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