Kenny Woo

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Vim vs Emacs
Jan 14, 2016
2 minutes read

I did it. I finally did it. I spotted Spacemacs and decided to try out Emacs.

Spacemacs promised me I can have my cake and eat it too. That I would have Vim, inside Emacs. For the most part, I have to say, they did an excellent job. The out of the box experience contained a very nice spacemacs color theme, Evil mode was pleasant enough, orgmode is unmatched, and guide key is amazing.

And then, being the minimalist that I am, I attempted to recreate the essentials of Spacemacs using Emacs, Evil mode, guide key, the spacemacs color theme and the likes. Despite the pitiful attempt, I was quite happy with the end result.

That said, I’m still using Vim (for the most part). Because Emacs/Evil just doesn’t feel like Vim. There’s something about Vim starting up in a tenth of a second, with all desired plugins, that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Emacs is practically an operating system. That’s pretty cool. Except, I already have an operating system. No efficient line number support out of the box? Odd. And what’s this I hear about Emacs pinky? There’s actually a wiki page for it.

Was it all bad? Not at all. Guide key was awesome for not having to memorize plugin commands. Luckily, someone has already created something similar in Vim. And orgmode? Nothing else comes close to orgmode. I will definitely be keeping Emacs around for orgmode alone.

So am I glad I tried Emacs? Most definitely. I now know it is not for me, and orgmode. Seriously guys, orgmode port for Neovim, please.

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