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Re: Is emacs helpful or necessary to gcc programming?

From: Dave Steffen
Subject: Re: Is emacs helpful or necessary to gcc programming?
Date: 31 May 2003 14:49:52 -0600

Jimmerr <address@hidden> writes:

> If I use a different editor from emacs, what features will I be
> losing in terms of programming with gcc?

None whatsoever.  Unless I misunderstand your question, you have some
fundamental misconceptions about programming.  Programming (the act
of creating source files containing computer code) is completely
separate from the act of compiling (turning files containing computer
code into executables).

GCC is a compiler; it could care less where the source files come
from.  Emacs is an editor; it could care less what you do with the
files you produce with it.  Any other text editor (vi, pico, etc) will
give you precisely the same results.

It just so happens that Emacs has very good support for programming,
which makes it _easier_ to write code.

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