The 1981 paper by RMS about Emacs' design is kind of an amazing read. gnu.org/software/emacs/emacs-p

A lot of insight there into why certain design decisions would be important, and Emacs' longevity as, dare I say it, still the world's most powerful editor, is a testament to that.

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Before vim users hop in, yes I know you love vim. But vi survived by becoming an emacs: it went from something bare-bones to adopting a lot of the ideas emacs was criticized for in its high scriptability.

Anyway, Spacemacs is there for you if you want it.

@cwebber "Yes, I know you love vim." is the greatest thing to say to a vim-lover ever. :D

@cwebber I didn't know this. That is pretty cool. Thanks for sharing that detail

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Emacs emphasizes maximum flexibility in customization, but you can't take it with you. You can't take an emacs config into other editors/IDEs (usually) or other people's computers, etc. I've worked with countless programming languages and environments, and whatever the ideal IDE for that is, it has Vim-style modal editing. I'm a Vim user but I rarely use Vim. I'm not saying the Emacs approach is bad or anything, I just have never felt the need for hyper-customization of my text editor.

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I have used Spacemacs before, when I was doing a lot of Common Lisp programming because that was the best IDE (Slime) for that language.

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