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LT has a plugin manager built directly inside of it, this plugin manager connects to LT's own registry of plugins, so whenever you want assistance while writing your HTML, JS or even Python, just open up the plugin manager search for it and click the little install button beside it's name. And your plugin will be installed. Yes it's that easy! See More
According to its authors LightTable allows you to "watch your values flow through your code". Which essentially means you could see your code running live AS YOU TYPE IT! .This innovative feature makes lives a lot easier for developers, because now with LT you can debug your code LIVE while writing it. This of course would lead to considerably lesser programming errors. See More
With less than 2 MB of binary on Windows, SciTE starts instantly. Plus, if you don't need all the config, syntax files, blah, there's a 678k standalone .exe version. Nothing is going to beat that for lightweight and start-up times. Stick it in a folder that is already on your PATH. See More
Based on the Scintilla source code editor, SciTE has some advanced features like rectangular editing, simple regular expression search and replace, code folding, etc. It allows the user to launch a compiler or interpreter, and it can also interpret the error messages, jumping at the location they point to. Lua scripting is key to SciTE's power and flexibility. The Lua scripting language can be used to perform complex text transformations. It's relatively simple syntax and its large user-base makes it a great choice for a scripting feature. See More
Interaction with Vim is centered around several modes. Each mode has a different purpose and switching between them changes behaviour and keybindings. There are 12 modes in total (6 basic modes and 6 variations on basic modes) and 4 of them are used commonly. Insert mode is for entering text. This mode most resembles traditional text entry in most editors. Normal mode (the default) is entered by hitting ESC and converts all keybindings to center around movement within the file, search, pane selection, etc. Command mode is entered by hitting ":" in Normal mode and allows you to execute vim commands and scripts similar in fashion to a shell. Visual mode is for selecting lines, blocks, and characters of code. Modes allow separating concerns between various tasks and reusing keys for different kinds of functionality. As a result, the workflow becomes more efficient. See More
Vim associates keys with words. For example, d is for "delete", w for "word". To perform an action you string together letters. Thus, to delete a word, press dw. This way it's possible to abstract a large amount of functionality that Vim provides in an intuitive way. See More
Femto Emacs is distributed only in source form. Therefore, you need to install ncurses, gcc and compile it with make and make install. There is no binary distribution. If you want mouse support, you need to program it in femtolisp or in C. This should not be a problem if you are a programmer, but can become an issue if you don't know Lisp or C. If you want to use femtolisp on Windows, you will need mingw and ncurses. See More
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