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Nick - When I first got into *nix, I actually made the vi/emacs choice based on teh fact that although 5 years later I still have a lot to learn about emacs, I was able to sit down and edit a file with it, wheras I *still* feel a sense of accomplishment if I open something in vi, change it, and quit without screwing something up.
why do i do this? .... hmmm ....
i believe papabaer got me into this. as he always mentioned something about getting all his stuff out of the van etc .... zzzz cool story though ;)
BTW, where d hell is papabaer?
We both code exclusively by hand using Text Pad. It's a great application, much better than Note Pad (in my opinion :)) but just as easy to use. I'm not sure what it's called, but it changes the colour of parts of the code depending on what it is (eg a variable goes blue, etc) and can be set up for a wide variety of programming languages. I find this very helpful.
My first (very basic) style sheet was written by a friend of mine and I've built from there. Now when I need a new one I tend to cut and paste the core parts from previous sheets then adapt and expand, so it gets easier everytime because I have more parts already written ready to copy over. I know the only way I will learn something is by doing it myself so coding by hand has really helped me understand how things work. At the same time my pages are (so far) small enough so I can keep track of everything without an application to help.
Except for CSS snippets that I've lifted from tutorials, I've only ever written CSS by hand. I'm still learning, and my big fat reference book is always close at hand.
This board is a key part of my CSS education!