Atom vs Emacs vs Vim

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Advice on Atom, Emacs, and Vim
Rogério R. Alcântara
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For a Visual Studio Code/Atom developer that works mostly with Node.js/TypeScript/Ruby/Go and wants to get rid of graphic-text-editors-IDE-like at once, which one is worthy of investing time to pick up?

I'm a total n00b on the subject, but I've read good things about Neovim's Lua support, and I wonder what would be the VIM response/approach for it?

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VimVimNeovimNeovim

Neovim can basically do everything Vim can with one major advantage - the number of contributors to the code base is just so much wider (Vim is ~100% maintained only by B. Mooleanaar). Whatever you learn for Neovim you can also apply to Vim and vice versa. And of course there is the never ending Vim vs Emacs controversy - but better not get into that war.

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Jeffrey Johnson
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Actually, the biggest advantage with Neovim (as a VS user) is that you can embed REAL Neovim as the editor UI, rather than using a "Vim emulation", you're using actual NVIM, embedded in VS!

"asvetliakov.vscode-neovim" is the extension you are looking for:

  1. Install the 'vscode-neovim; extension (https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=asvetliakov.vscode-neovim)
  2. Install Neovim version 0.5+ nightly
  3. Start winning.

(You can install neovim-nightly separately for just vscode, I usually build and install it to /opt/nvim - it's enough enough to do - let me know if you need help).

Works wonderfully. It might not work out of the box if you have some 100K epic nvim initialization file, but the plugin documents a workaround for having an embedding/VS specific configuration.

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Kudos Beluga
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I don't actually notice much of a difference between the two, as the end result looks identical. If you use Vim and are switch to Neovim it's an extremely easy 1-minute process. I switched from Vim to Neovim. I can't say I found much of a difference, but the key points where Neovim could be better than just vim is that first, there are much more people maintaining Neovim compared to vim, which means fewer bugs and a modern code base. It also has a smaller code base which might result in a small speed improvement. Another thing is that it's basically just a fork of vim, so what harm can it do? ;)

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Tarcísio Gruppi
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VimVim

I recommend using vim 8+ it has native plugin support if you need language supports you can install the package vim-nox which will come with support for python, lua, ruby, etc

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Rogério R. Alcântara
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NeovimNeovim

The hints on the codebase's contributors and the VSCode integration helped me make up my mind.

I really appreciate all comments, though.

Thanks a bunch!

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Albert Kim
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It truly depends on whether you want to completely avoid GUI and stick to TUI and command lines. If you want to edit all of your codes within a terminal, then Vim or neovim would be the choice. Emacs can be run in a terminal, but the functionality is limited. Most people use Emacs using GUI and emacs-client not to use too much memory.

My general preference is to use an independent text editor, which is better if it is highly customizable and programmable. So, I have used Emacs for several years. For beginners, I guess Emacs requires significant time to learn to fully enjoy its wonderful functionalities. In that sense, using atom would be a recommendable option.

Regardless of all the situations, learning basic vim in the terminal will help you in any case. In summary, I recommend 1. vim as a default editor in the terminal 2. atom if you are a beginner, or 3. Emacs if you have a long-term plan to master a programmable editor

Other editors like sublime text, VS code, and so forth are also worth learning and using. But, no matter which editor you choose, stick to one or two until you become an advanced user. Being able to use most text editors at an intermediate level is waste of time.

I hope it helps.

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Decisions about Atom, Emacs, and Vim
Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 305.6K views

Since communication with Github is not necessary, the Atom is less convenient in working with text and code. Sublim's support and understanding of projects is best for us. Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface. We use a good theme for Sublim ayu-dark

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Pros of Atom
Pros of Emacs
Pros of Vim
  • 527
    Free
  • 446
    Open source
  • 342
    Modular design
  • 318
    Hackable
  • 316
    Beautiful UI
  • 170
    Github integration
  • 147
    Backed by github
  • 119
    Built with node.js
  • 113
    Web native
  • 107
    Community
  • 34
    Packages
  • 18
    Cross platform
  • 5
    Multicursor support
  • 5
    Nice UI
  • 5
    TypeScript editor
  • 3
    cli start
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
  • 3
    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
  • 3
    Snippets
  • 2
    Awesome
  • 2
    Code readability
  • 2
    Smart TypeScript code completion
  • 2
    It's powerful
  • 2
    Well documented
  • 1
    "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
  • 1
    works with GitLab
  • 1
    full support
  • 1
    vim support
  • 1
    Split-Tab Layout
  • 1
    Consistent UI on all platforms
  • 1
    User friendly
  • 1
    Hackable and Open Source
  • 1
    Made by github. YAY
  • 65
    Vast array of extensions
  • 43
    Have all you can imagine
  • 40
    Everything i need in one place
  • 38
    Portability
  • 31
    Customer config
  • 15
    Your config works on any platform
  • 12
    Low memory consumption
  • 11
    Perfect for monsters
  • 9
    All life inside one program
  • 7
    Extendable, portable, fast - all at your fingertips
  • 4
    Enables extremely rapid keyboard-only navigation
  • 4
    Extensible in Lisp
  • 4
    Runs everywhere important
  • 4
    Widely-used keybindings (e.g. by bash)
  • 3
    Git integration
  • 3
    May be old but always reliable
  • 3
    Powerful UI
  • 3
    Asynchronous
  • 2
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 2
    FOSS Software
  • 343
    Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
  • 324
    Fast
  • 310
    Highly configurable
  • 293
    Less mouse dependence
  • 242
    Lightweight
  • 141
    Speed
  • 98
    Plugins
  • 94
    Hardcore
  • 80
    It's for pros
  • 64
    Vertically split windows
  • 26
    Open-source
  • 23
    Modal editing
  • 21
    No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
  • 19
    It stood the Test of Time
  • 14
    Unicode
  • 11
    VimPlugins
  • 11
    Stick with terminal
  • 11
    Dotfiles
  • 11
    Everything is on the keyboard
  • 10
    Flexible Indenting
  • 9
    Programmable
  • 8
    Hands stay on the keyboard
  • 8
    Large number of Shortcuts
  • 8
    Efficient and powerful
  • 7
    Modal editing changes everything
  • 7
    Because its not Emacs
  • 7
    Unmatched productivity
  • 7
    Everywhere
  • 7
    A chainsaw for text editing
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    Super fast
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    You cannot exit
  • 6
    Themes
  • 6
    Makes you a true bearded developer
  • 6
    Developer speed
  • 4
    Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
  • 4
    Shortcuts
  • 4
    Habit
  • 4
    Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
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    Great on large text files
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    Intergrated into most editors
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    Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
  • 4
    EasyMotion
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    Intuitive, once mastered
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    Perfect command line editor

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Cons of Atom
Cons of Emacs
Cons of Vim
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    Slow with large files
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    Heavy and slow
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    Slow startup
  • 1
    Most of the time packages are hard to find.
  • 1
    Can be easily Modified
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    Hard to learn for beginners
  • 1
    So good and extensible, that one can get sidetracked
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    Not default preinstalled in GNU/linux
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    Ugly UI
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    Hard to learn
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    It's not Emacs

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What is Atom?

At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

What is Emacs?

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

What is Vim?

Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.

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