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3answers
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IDE vs. Text Editor [duplicate]

I know this has been asked..but I cant find a clear answer. Many advanced programmers prefer text editors, but for me IDE's make things much faster. I've been using eclipse for a year and using a text ...
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1answer
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Is it efficient to use the number pad in your programming [closed]

I'm a programmer and use vim for all my software. I use the hjkl keys to avoid moving from the home row. Is it efficient/inefficient using the number pad on the keyboard? My thoughts are probably ...
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9answers
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How frequently do you switch mode? [closed]

I tried VIM and liked it but something stopped from using it: I had to type ESC to often, very often, something like each 5 seconds, and it was highly uncomfortable, so I stopped using it as a primary ...
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10answers
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Why would you use vi/vim [duplicate]

I often see people express a preference for vi or vim for text editing or even for programming. I've tried it and I can't see how it could possibly be any faster or easier. If you use one of them, ...
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12answers
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Must a programmer learn text editors like Emacs and Vim? How important are they? [duplicate]

I have been writing code so far in conventional text editors that come with the OS so far or use an IDE in some cases. I know there are some advanced text editors like Emacs and Vim available solely ...
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7answers
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Emacs and “self-reinforcing performance”

In short, my question for you hardcore Emacs users is this: have you achieved this "self-reinforcing performance" Steve Yegge talks about? Emacs is self-hosting: writing things in it makes the ...
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2answers
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Highlight global variable in vim (or any other free editor)

In Source Insight, global variable show up in a different colour. Is there a way to accomplish this in vi (or any other free editor)?