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Description

What is 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.

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 TextMate?

TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.

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Why do developers choose Vim?
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    Why do developers choose Emacs?
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    Why do developers choose TextMate?
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    Cons

    What are the cons of using Vim?
    Downsides of Vim?

    What are the cons of using Emacs?
    No Cons submitted yet for Emacs
    Downsides of Emacs?

    What are the cons of using TextMate?
    No Cons submitted yet for TextMate
    Downsides of TextMate?

    Pricing

    How much does Vim cost?
    How much does Emacs cost?
    How much does TextMate cost?
    TextMate Pricing

    Companies

    What companies use Vim?
    736 companies on StackShare use Vim
    What companies use Emacs?
    91 companies on StackShare use Emacs
    What companies use TextMate?
    13 companies on StackShare use TextMate

    Integrations

    What tools integrate with Vim?
    12 tools on StackShare integrate with Vim
    What tools integrate with Emacs?
    6 tools on StackShare integrate with Emacs
    What tools integrate with TextMate?
    2 tools on StackShare integrate with TextMate

    What are some alternatives to Vim, Emacs, and TextMate?

    • Sublime Text - A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
    • Visual Studio Code - Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft
    • Atom - A hackable text editor for the 21st Century
    • Notepad++ - Free source code editor and Notepad replacement

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