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When I started, there were a few editors to choose from: ed for unix, edt for vms, and an ibm 129 for the big iron.

Then came ex and vi.
Emacs is fun, especially for lisp.

I still use vi, but occasionally butterflies - https://xkcd.com/378 Linux
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Emacs is great for major scripting, with the edt emulation mode.
I use ed (old school) or vi/vim for editing for smaller edits.
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Seems like Vi(m) is the popular choice. Any suggestions on what is friendly for a beginner?
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Seems like Vi(m) is the popular choice. Any suggestions on what is friendly for a beginner?
My suggestion is to use vi, no matter what. It is true, the first few weeks will be hard. But stay with it, grit your teeth and learn all these nifty movement commands and all the neat tricks and - after a few weeks - you will finally come to the point where you wonder why vi isn't everywhere. vi may be "love at third sight", but once you get the hang of it you will appreciate its raw power.

To me (once i was a professional musician before becoming a failed existence in IT) it was like learning an instrument: the first few weeks are awful, there are muscles hurting you didn't even know to exist and you think it is impossible to ever get something out of that damn thing, but, after much practice, you finally ascend a podium and rock the audience! This was worth the effort. I'd never trade the power of vi for any other editor whatsoever.

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