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How modern languages will save the text editor

I’ve been an Emacs user for many years, and a coder for just as long. Somewhere in the middle, something weird happened: while a text editor was initially considered a perfectly appropriate way of writing code (in C, Lisp, Perl, Shell, …), that ceased to be true for a while. With the gain in popularity of complex languages like Java, or C++, coders started to crave “fancy” features like code completion, refactoring, … And quite unfortunately, these advanced features relied to complex tooling living outside of the languages themselves.

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