[ESS] Emacs/ESS better than Notepad++ because...

Ista Zahn istazahn at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 19:05:15 CEST 2013

I have no idea what notepad++ can or cannot do, but here are some of
the things I really like about emacs/ess

- display multiple buffers (aka "files") side-by-side in the same
window (aka "same frame")
- work remotely using tramp (may be hard on windows)
- notebook style interface with org mode
- auto-completion of objects and arguments

On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM, Richard M. Heiberger <rmh at temple.edu> wrote:
> ediff is worth the price of admission to emacs.
> ediff gives highlighted differences between two (or three) files.
> For example, yesterday's version of the file (myfile.r~) and today's
> version (myfile.r).
> I will often do this to remind myself what changes I made today.
> On 7/1/13, Paul Johnson <pauljohn32 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Here's how you can help me today. Add an item on my list below.
>> I'm in a hostile audience of Windows programmers who cling to
>> Notepad++/NPPTOR.  For my lecture "Emacs has no learning curve" (
>> http://pj.freefaculty.org/guides/Rcourse/emacs-ess/emacs-ess.pdf) I want to
>> update with some explicit examples of things I can do with Emacs/ESS that
>> they can't do with Notepad++.
>> So please add on to this list.
>> "Emacs can do this, Notepad++ cannot."
>> 1. Run R help page examples by hitting the letter "l".  Open the help pages
>> in Emacs, NOT in the web browser. Scroll to the example, and run line by
>> line by striking the "l" key.
>> No matter how basic, please contribute. There are many things about Emacs
>> with ESS that experts use that the rest of us never realize.
>> My second favorite is "C-x C-e d" to edit the code of a loaded function.
>> But I know many of you are uncomfortable with that one, so I won't push
>> it..
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