I use TextPad to edit columns of data.Mesmer wrote:Yea, I don't want to create false expectations ...
I don't expect too much from my emacs.
Even though you can tailor it to your very specific needs i've found it cumbersome to do so, for me and my level of comprehension, it takes too much time; so the Return-On-Investment for a simple customisation is not that great.
That said there is a mass amount of stuff that other people have coded before you, so usually it's more convenient to search for those. Like Python Major mode... something like that (should be included with the base, or the base+modes packages).
By the way, this is the "test" I use to differentiate the "child" editors from the "men":
After you have made three columns of data, spanning some 10 rows using tabs or whitespaces to separate them,
IF you can select singularly exactly ONE column, vertically, copy or cut it, and then paste it somewhere else whithout messing with the rest of the data: THEN you have yourself a "manly" editor.
Thanks for the reality check on emacs and all the editing scene in general. I was looking at the emacs help files, the Python IDLE icon on my desktop and my guitar sitting in the corner. I uninstalled Emacs and played guitar.
I'm going to hang tight and wait to see more sample code from people and for some of the help files on the LiveAPI site to be written. I could spend the time to get up to speed on my own but my spare time isn't worth it. If I could cheat by following other peoples' work I might get off the ground.
EDIT - Textpad has Python support. I've been using this editor for years at work, it's ~$20 but the demo is fully functional, it just has nagware when you launch it.
And the dictionary for python support:
Now if some kind soul can post some short 25-50 line programs I can mimic...