Green text, black background

On November 3, 2009, in development, by Eugene

I tend to do my development using vim, in a terminal window connected to a remote server that looks very much like the production environment. Thankfully, I am not the only one who works this way. Perhaps I’m not crazy after all?

Green text. Black background. I’ll tell you why right now. I’m an old school DOS guy. My first word processor was Wordstar and that’s the word processing program I came to associate with the fugue-like state of maximum productivity: the Zone. This is why I continue to favor colored text on a black background in my current favorite editor, Textmate. The coloring reminds me of an primal safe place where the tool is serving its purpose — to get the hell out of the way so I can go be exponentially more productive.

This is why, as engineers, we stick with something that works for us. This is why the ancient likes of vi and Emacs continue to flourish. Once we find a tool that works for us, once we’ve chosen that tool, it becomes ours and remains ours. It allows us to get foamy.

I’ve had similar experiences with Dreamweaver and other WYSIWYG tools, where they are just too helpful and end up jumbling up my carefully formatted code. To be honest, I never even really liked working in Eclipse, either. It’s just too distracting, and again, too “helpful” for my taste. But like Rands says, to each his own.

via Rands In Repose


Comments are closed.