Thursday, January 03, 2008


"Imagine if someone wanted to write something like Emacs.Net. Actually don't imagine it, it is happening."

"We are looking for developers/testers to build a tool that I will roughly describe as "Emacs.Net"."

^^ duglasp at microsoft dot com

Well, this should be interesting to watch. Hell, notepad could use a rewrite :P.


Aram said...

Hmm... Why would somebody rewrite a portable piece of software that is lightweight, extensible, can be integrated anywhere and Just Works (TM) with a proprietary application that basically does the same thing, so nothing new. Worse, they plan to write it in .NET. There is nothing wrong with .NET, except this reloaded.

Visual Studio integration? VS IDE can already emulate (some) Emacs key bindings -- I am sure it is not a big deal to make a more complete implementation.

Waste of good developers (time).

cmihai said...

Because it's bloody GPL. Besides, I'm sure that they don't want to just re-write Emacs. They want to create an extensible customizable text-editor they can integrate with Visual Studio and more.

Besides, EMACS tends to be a bit outdated in some aspects (remember that it started as a bunch of MUNG scripts in TECO).