[R-SIG-Finance] editors

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 13:59:38 CEST 2011

On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 6:50 AM, BBands <bbands at gmail.com> wrote:
> Notepad++, my editor of choice for some years, dropped the Scientology
> bomb today. So it is time to move on as I'd prefer my editors to be
> without religion. I'd like an open-source, cross-platform editor with
> code folding, outlining, code completion for Python, R and other
> common languages and basic encryption support. Recommendations? (In
> China just now, so replies may be problematic.)
> John -- who has tried emacs in the past and didn't love it

People tend to greatly prefer the editor solution they have invested
time in so its very difficult to get an unbiased opinion here but here
is an overview of your choices:


vim and gvim (a Gui-ized variant of vim) have all the features you
mention as well as many more plus literally thousands of add-on
packages but do have a steep learning curve.  They are free with a GPL
compatible license and if you wish to become a "sponsor" then the
author donates such monies to help Ugandan children.  There is an
add-on called Cream (on sourceforge) that adopts Common User Access
standards in place of the native interface and it would be
superficially closer to Notepad while being vim underneath.

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