Thanks for your comments
Ah, good point. Emacs is my favorite console editor, but I’m not all
that crazy about the graphical versions I’ve tried.
Actually, I use Fedora, and installed the gnome version of emacs, so I
do have the graphical console, but your comment about learning the
keystrokes is valid. When you’ve been used to the normal windows
style keystrokes, the emacs ones take a bit of getting used to. But
I am getting there by forcing myself to use it for my real
development. I am already beginning to feel more comfortable.
NetBeans is an excellent IDE, but it’s overkill for Rails. (I’d be
curious to know about it’s sluggishness, though – it has consistently
been pretty fast for me on Snow Leopard.)
I do like NetBeans, but I found it is hungry on resource, and I notice
a distinct delay when browsing the file tree or opening a file etc.
Also, the auto suggest popup boxes keep coming on. I turn them off
but they reappear. I find that annoying because they frequently pop
up just as I have finished entering a line, and their appearance
causes a delay whilst they are escaped. I may be missing a setting
somewhere to turn them off. For portability, I actually use a small
machine for development, which is probably why NB feels a bit slow.
Then I’d almost say you shouldn’t use Emacs. You definitely have to be
comfortable with keyboard commands to get the most out of it.
I already make good use of filename auto complete in the linux shell
and am finding using that for locating files is good. I have figured
out that using partial complete brings up a list of filenames for
selection and I am getting to really like that.
Syntax highlighting is great
Any better than in other editors?
Not necessarily better, but haml and sass highlighting is available
which is not true for all other editors (I actually like bluefish a
lot, but I havn’t found a haml/sass option). Flagging of syntax
errors seems pretty good too.
You might want to investigate a GUI version of Emacs, then. I don’t
like the ones I’ve tried, but you might.
The Gnome emacs has a Buffers command in the menu which is great, but
I get a 2 second delay between clicking a command and the menu
appearing. Also, I do a lot of work across vpn to my sites, so I want
to force myself to learn the keystrokes rather than depend on the
menu. I have to admit to using the menu cut and paste quite a bit. I
haven’t yet mastered doing this easily with keystrokes (i know there
is a way of switching emacs to use the standard cut and paste
keystrokes, but it seemed that doing that would interfere with other
emacs commands so I haven’t tried it - perhaps I should).
I do like the ability to operate on a rectangle of text though, on
some occasions this can be useful.
IMHO, so does KomodoEdit. Actually, Emacs “coming close to [TextMate]”
is a funny statement: Emacs is probably the more powerful of the two.
I havn’t used Textmate, so I was really only commenting on what I had
The two areas I want to start to get to grips with now are auto
formatting and text snippets, but where do I find the info for them?
eg what is the correct way to create a new def. With NB, when you
start a def, the end is often created automatically with correct
indentation. How can I do that in emacs?
C-k, C-y, C-y. There may be a faster way. If you don’t know this, you
really need to spend time on Emacs basics.
I have started using this sequence, it just seemed a bit odd to remove
something first to replace it twice but after a while you don’t even