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Nova vs Emacs: What are the differences?

What is Nova? The beautiful, fast, flexible, native Mac code editor. It is the new native code editor for Mac. It is packed with features, built for modern workflows, lightning-fast and stylish. It also has a robust extensions architecture and replaces Code for Mac.

What is Emacs? The extensible self-documenting text editor. 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.

Nova and Emacs can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Nova are:

  • A powerful editor
  • A themeable interface
  • Flexible workflows

On the other hand, Emacs provides the following key features:

  • Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.
  • Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
  • Full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts.
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Pros of Emacs
Pros of Nova
  • 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
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    Cons of Emacs
    Cons of Nova
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      Hard to learn for beginners
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      So good and extensible, that one can get sidetracked
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      Not default preinstalled in GNU/linux
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      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 Nova?

      It is the new native code editor for Mac. It is packed with features, built for modern workflows, lightning-fast and stylish. It also has a robust extensions architecture and replaces Code for Mac.

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      What are some alternatives to Emacs and Nova?
      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.
      Eclipse
      Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
      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.
      Spacemacs
      Since version 0.101.0 and later Spacemacs totally abolishes the frontiers between Vim and Emacs. The user can now choose his/her preferred editing style and enjoy all the Spacemacs features. Even better, it is possible to dynamically switch between the two styles seamlessly which makes it possible for programmers with different styles to do seat pair programming using the same editor.
      Neovim
      Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.
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