text editors in the Lord of the Rings

Jeremy has explained the main statistics apps in terms of the sorts of phone they would be. In that vein, here are the main programmer’s text editors, as they appear as locations in The Lord of the Rings.


Written by Kieran

July 30, 2011 at 5:42 am

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  1. Good to see you returning to LOTR humor — I remain a fan of your D+P 83 “once cite to bind them” thing.

    Textmate as Minith Tirith was very funny as about half the listserv traffic is indeed people bitching about TM2 being vaporware. Doesn’t bother me though, it does pretty much everything I need and I really appreciate the “bundles” system. I’d consider BBEdit if the Stata support were as good as TextMate’s, but DataNinja’s Stata TW/BB files haven’t been updated in five years and don’t support code-folding, just pushing and syntax highlighting.

    Especially loved the bit about the claustrophobic sense of doom created by a “vi” session. I’ve pulled the plug on an ssh session more than once when I accidentally worked my way into that particular labyrinth. The fact that vi remains the default text editor instead of nano/pico is a good illustration of how Unix is captured by the nerds who aren’t really interested in accessibility to noobs. Don’t get me wrong, I think vi should be part of any installation, but it should definitely be an opt-in rather than opt-out kind of thing for the default editor. Even OS X sends unsuspecting noobs who just want to edit a crontab into the mines of Moria.

    So what would Rohan be, some primitive text editor without code-folding (or even syntax highlighting and regexp) like NotePad? Or going even further back the command-line program “ed”?



    July 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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