So about six months ago I tried switching to Vim. At first I loved it: all the customizations I could do! Then I hated it: all the customizations I needed to do! Now I’ve realized: all the customizations I’d need to do to get to the level of productivity I want to have! I really need something that I find delightful to use as close as possible to the minute I launch it. Any suggestions?
Oh, and it would be great if it’s cross-platform, so that I can use it at home (Mac) and at work (Windows). But that’s not required: I’ll do one app in one place and the other in the other, if that’s what it takes. I’ll buy something commercial, too, particularly to make it so that I’m really, really happy doing my hobby coding at home.
I’ve done some poking around, and here’s what I’ve figured out:
- Vim and Emacs seem to be out. I’d otherwise be happy to try Emacs, but the reality is that I don’t do enough coding to justify re-learning the key commands for cut and paste for just my coding work.
- My old favorite BBEdit is looking a little rusty and I’m not particularly excited to give it a try
- I didn’t love the old version of Espresso but the new version looks pretty convincing
- I hate to commit to something right before it gets a new version, but Panic’s Coda has always looked intriguing
- Sublime Text, and especially its MiniMap look like something I could try
- I don’t use Rails, but Aptana has some serious buzz
- Bluefish is a little terrifying but does specifically include “WordPress” as a language, which might be handy
So, internets, any thoughts on those tools? Any other recommendations? And, yes, please feel free to flame over me dumping Vim/snubbing Emacs.