Micro; a Replacement for Emacs / Vim / Nano?

20th April 2016 | Tags:

I’m a big Sub­lime Text fan, but I also spend a lot of time in the ter­mi­nal. Nat­u­rally that involves some time in a text edi­tor; the usual sus­pects are Vim, Emacs and Nano. Per­son­ally I pre­fer the lat­ter; it has what I con­sider to be “sen­si­ble” key-​bindings. So CTRL-X to quit rather than, well, a Kon­ami code.

As use­ful as Nano is, there’s a huge dis­con­nect between that and Sub­lime Text. While a terminal-​based edi­tor is unlikely to serve as an IDE, things like syn­tax high­light­ing and con­trol over tab-​spacing would be a bonus.

Well, Micro pro­vides just that. Take a look at the screen­shot below, which shows it in action.

The Micro edi­tor in action

A sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment? I would say so, and it’s bridg­ing that gap really nicely. So far, I’m very impressed and would urge you to give it a try. Pre-​built nightly bina­ries are avail­able for OSX, Linux and Win­dows, or you can build it your­self as long as you have Go installed.

Have you tried it? Is it likely to replace Vim, Emacs or Nano as your ter­mi­nal edi­tor of choice? Let me know in the comments.


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