View Full Version : text editor, text-only mode... Need your opinion!!

09-27-2002, 01:19 PM
Hi everybody!!
I have a question about the text editors under UNIX. I just started a class, C/UNIX. We're going to be writing little programs (it's an introduction class), so nothing big I guess!!
The professor said that she doesn't care what text editor we're using. She gave us some names: EMACS, VI. And I heard of PICO too.
I have to telnet from my house, so I can only use the editor in text-only mode.
Which one would you recommend? And do you know a website that explains how to use it? (she's obviously not going to do that in class)

Thanks a lot!! :)

09-27-2002, 02:29 PM
Emacs and Vi are very powerful editors. With that comes a rather steep learning curve. If you've never used them before, and you're coming from a MS Windows background, they will seem difficult.

Between the two, I'd say it is somewhat easier to master the basics with Vi. But the Emacs vs. Vi debate is huge, so stand by for an alternate opinion :)

Pico is a great editor, without some of the powerful, advanced capabilities of Emacs and Vi. For basic text editing, which is probably what you will be doing, it will be just fine. And a Windows-users might be more comfortable with Pico than either Emacs or Vi.


Lots of university sites put up these kinds of tutorials. Do a Google search for 'Pico tutorial'.

09-27-2002, 04:17 PM
Thanks sleddog!! That should be helpful enough for now!! ;-)