Another HN thread about Emacs. I don't think I've ever seen anyone using Emacs as a daily driver editor in the past 5 years...

@nuclear why people talking about Emacs is a problem for you ?

If they want to talk about, it's totally Ok.

I daily use Emacs since more than 10 years, for a lot of things (not only code). I'm verry happy with that. But regularly, I meet people who think its unacceptable for someone to use Emacs. And they generally act in a bad way.

@postroutine It's not a problem, it's just that there are superior alternatives and it's obsolete.

@nuclear "superior ajternatives", "obsolete": Two very wrong ideas.

@postroutine Superior as in able to complete the same tasks faster and easier while requiring no time to be spent on configuration, or able to complete tasks impossible for the counterpart.

@nuclear Emacs is fast and simple. Seeing the configuration and the learning of a tool as a bad thing is arbitrary. And I can do with Emacs every things I want or need.

The problem is that you see what you prefer as an universal requierment. Peoples have differents needs and that why there is no superior tools. The goal is to offer to people what they need or want. For some it's Emacs, for other it's something else.


@postroutine BTW, Emacs is extremely far from "simple". It has been ridiculed for years for being bloated and slow. Even despite the hardware catching up, it's still slow because of no multithreading. And the complexity of the config required to make it useful for anything is enormous. Compare it with Intellij or VS Code that just works out of the box.

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@nuclear Emacs is based on simple principles, on a simplified Lisp adapted to text manipulation.
It's different from what people see on Windows world, but different don't mean complex.

@nuclear "It has been ridiculed for years for being bloated and slow."

Wrong cliche are not an argument. I used Emacs on very old hardware, with low CPU, few RAM and disk space, and it was fast and effective.

And about the config, I will repeat: Learning and customizing a tool is not a bad Thing.
I already exposed my arguments about it in another toot.

@nuclear What emerges from our discussion is that you don't know Emacs, except a few cliches.
Emacs does not correspond to what you search in a tool. But your requirement is not universal.
The goal is to every one use the tool adapted to their need. There is no "superior" or "inferior" tool.
And no one is obsolete.

@nuclear And I don't want to continue discuss this topic. The word you use, "obsolete", "superior alternatives", "bloated", blame the Emacs user to be not able to take rational decision.
As a Emacs user, I can tell that we don't have to justify the relevance of our choices. Whatever the implicit injunction to justify of your words.


@postroutine @nuclear Indeed. I use #Emacs because it does the job for me, and does it very well. I could care less what others use.

@postroutine I'd like to see how you're using it for everyday programming. Do you have any recording or maybe you do live coding?

@nuclear @postroutine I am finding your arguments hard to follow. You are saying #Emacs is slow and bloated, and you compare it to #Intellij IDEs (extremely bloated and slow IMHO).

Emacs is definitely not slow in itself. Trust the millions of developers that use it as a powerful daily driver. Just like any other IDE, piling up plugins does not help.

If you are looking for a "working out of the box" experience with Emacs, take a look at Doom Emacs.

@nuclear @postroutine
The one and only valid point I see in your arguments is that Emacs is single-threaded. I never saw this as a performance issue, though. But I have been a victim of blocking I/O on a few rare occasions over the past 5 years of daily Emacs use.

Definitely not a good experience, I must admit, but it was always due to a bug in a plugin that was quickly fixed.

@nuclear @postroutine
And if you are looking for Emacs coding experience showcases, just search the web for videos. Here are a few accounts to follow (on YT, I did not have the time to find them on other platforms):

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