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Re: Fedora 12: Emacs is not for software development

Rahul Sundaram writes:

On 11/28/2009 02:12 AM, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
I just did a new install on a spare laptop. I chose the "Software
Development" option.

Emacs did not get installed.

Also, although neither mysql-devel, nor postgresql-devel, nor even
libtool-ltdl-devel got installed, I ended up with a huge number of
-devel packages, many of whom, from my viewpoint would like have an
audience much smaller than emacs' potential audience.

Although an argument could be made about mysql and postgresql, I
suppose, leaving emacs off is rather depressing, if that accurately
represents the contemporary general opinions.

Why? It's just shows your personal preference for a editor. Emacs is
certainly not needed for software development.

Ok, that's a valid question. So let's see what got installed:

$ rpm -q --queryformat '%{NAME} %{GROUP}\n' -a | fgrep Applications/Editors | sort
emacs Applications/Editors
emacs-common Applications/Editors
gedit Applications/Editors
nano Applications/Editors
vim-common Applications/Editors
vim-enhanced Applications/Editors
vim-minimal Applications/Editors

I installed emacs myself. So, all I got was gedit, nano, and vi.

I am quite comfortable with either emacs or vi, for different editing needs. I am sure you can also do software development with nano. But that's quite a stretch.

Let's say I want to do software development. I make an appropriate selection when intalling Fedora 12. What editor am I expected to use?

With emacs, I get major modes for C++, Java, Perl, Python, XML, and a bunch of other things. That's quite a mouthful. The others, in this list, don't offer much more than notepad in Windows.

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