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I'm surprised your comment has been voted up, it hinges on the assumption that learning the intricacies of a programming tool, in this case an editor, prevents accomplishing anything else with you life.

There may be other people out there that use an editor, or an OS, to impress others; but from personal experience and those of friends, there are plenty of people that learn vi and Emacs because they needed to get things done.

The right tool for any job depends on the person. Someone familiar with the details of HTML and CSS would likely be better off not using a WYSIWYG editor, but for someone unaware of and uninterested in DOMs and stylesheets that editor would be great.

Whatever time you spend fiddling with your editor is time that you have not spent editing code. Over 10 years, it must add up.

What's dangerous is that the fiddling feels productive, even when you're just learning/making useless gimmicky features.


I've been using emacs for about a month now. I've definitely saved a lot more time than I've spent fiddling with it.


You won't really blow time fiddling with it until you get the hang of elisp. :) Then every little thing that bugs you makes you think, "Oh, I could just override this..."

(defalias 'yes-or-no-p 'y-or-n-p) ;don't bug me


This line is why I voted for his comment:

>Are there any websites/screencasts that show such "masters" in action?

Purely for the sake of motivation.

I can get things done with Textmate but I feel I've hit a wall in what I can do with it. I've used emacs off and on for about 6 months now and I really want to take it on full time.


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