I second Bob's endorsement of Nedit- we use it here, and I found it very
easy to get up and running. It will also do syntax highlighting of SAS
programs, which I really appreciate. Nedit can be downloaded from
Hope this helps,
Pfizer Global Research & Development, Ann Arbor
E-mail address: Nancy.Brucken@pfizer.com
From: Bob Burnham [mailto:robert.a.burnham@DARTMOUTH.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: Editors for UNIX
>>>>> "Colin" == Holmes, Colin <holmesc32@ANZ.COM> writes:
Colin> Hi Listers, could anyone suggest a good "cheap" editor to
Colin> use for UNIX running on a HP box ?
As a regular user of both vi and emacs, I've grown a thick skin to
folks that make a sport of running them down and scaring new users.
For my two cents, I believe that both of these editors have a lot to
recommend in them and that any time that you spend learning them
will be repaid a hundred times over during the course of your
career. Learning either editor (and hopefully a little of both)
will help you to master the Unix environment and greatly increase
Granted, getting adjusted to vi for the first time is tough and even
scanning a short card of emacs commands and keybindings can be
daunting. A lot of powerful tools (SAS for example) take a
considerable amount of work to learn -- but provide a lot of power in
return. Each editor has separate strengths: vi is small, lightning
fast and omnipresent; emacs is the "extensible, customizable,
self-documenting, real-time display editor" that can do just about
anything with text (including post this message).
Suggestion -- try emacs first, in particular look at cua mode:
For many people, it is learning the initial key bindings that are
the hardest (and most frustrating) part of learning emacs. Cua-mode
allows you to start off using many of the Windows (or Mac) commands
that you may already be familiar with, like C-c for Copy and C-v for
Paste. You should also know that emacs has a built in tutorial for
new users, great support on Usenet, and a very active community of
people working on new packages.
Cost? They are both free, and Free.
As another option -- I'll throw out NEdit, it is another free editor
that has an inteface that might be very familiar and quick to learn.
This is just my opinion -- and of course there is no shortage of
opinions when it comes to a choice of editors, particularly in the
Unix community. Speaking of which, I miss the old Norton Editor
from a long time ago -- that was kind of fun too. . .