Religious wars (was Re: [Beowulf] A press release)

Robert G. Brown rgb at
Mon Jul 21 10:54:11 PDT 2008

On Mon, 21 Jul 2008, Jim Lux wrote:

> Line numbers are handy when you get that
> "syntax error in line 34 of file xyz.c"

Well, in jove this is just Ctrl-X-N (next error), but in other languages
or contexts, Ctrl-Shift-< (top of file) Esc 3 4 (repeat 34) Ctrl-N (down
one line) is pretty easy, and moves you to precisely line 34.

Seriously, for C in particular jove is close to a no-brainer.  It is a
really great coder's editor for C.  Not bad for perl, fortran etc, but
sheer genius for C.  It could be more tightly integrated with latex (it
doesn't do the Ctrl-X-N trick in Latex, which is a shame) but in C
syntax errors simply do not happen.  Ctrl-X-Ctrl-E (run makefile), step
through syntax errors in real time, done, end of story.  Logic errors
you own, but syntax errors evaporate like the morning mist of a hot day.


> too..
> Jim

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