What’s the best text editor?

The best text editor is Emacs :-P


Ohhh text editors. Many wars have been started and never won over text editor preference. As for myself, I don’t actually use Emacs. But as many people have expressed with convincing authority all over the internets, it’s the best text editor ever made.

That said, I prefer Vim. Maybe it’s just familiarity. Maybe it’s because I’ve never become comfortable contorting my hands in the manner Emacs requires. I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m becoming more and more interested in using Emacs with Evil, an extensible vi layer for Emacs. Oh, and the lure of Org mode plays a big part too.

Vim has been a pain in the ass in some respects lately. It’s mainly due to my configuration being a bit overloaded with plugins (and I love plugins). So, I’ve stopped using it unless I’m within a terminal in a remote connection. In the meantime I’ve been using Sublime Text. It’s a fantastic editor with great (and sane) plugin support.

Emacs, Vim and Sublime Text are all available in various forms for OS X, Linux and Windows. I’ve also included a few other great operating system specific choices below.