A few years ago, I tried the Emacs keyboard mappings for Eclipse. I wasn’t impressed, I think there were a few missing features, etc. But, I’ve been screwing up ever since. I constantly switch between Emacs and Eclipse. I use Emacs for everyday text editing, and I use Eclipse for some programming. I do prefer Emacs for most tasks, but, with some of today’s programming languages, not using a tool like Eclipse with autocomplete and refactoring is a tedious exercise. Now with that being said, I do find myself programming Ruby in Emacs, maybe that say more about efficient language design than anything else.
I turned on the Emacs mappings for Eclipse today and was happily surprised. Suddenly the world made more sense. Instead of having to filter all of my instinctual keystrokes, I could search forward with CTRL-S and I didn’t have to interact with some “search dialog”. I could switch between buffers with CTRL-X, CTRL-B. Now, sure, I can’t hit META-X and type in “5×5″ or “zippy”, but I’ll take what I can get.
It’s funny though….I didn’t see the option to use VI key bindings in Emacs. Maybe the Eclipse Foundation realizes that vi is just wrong. :-) (I had to.)
On another note, doesn’t it feel strange to read “a few years ago” and “Eclipse” in the same sentence?
Did I just write this blog entry so he could write “vi is just wrong”? I think I did.