Posts Tagged ‘poll’

Emacs or vi?

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Text editors are a topic of much contention amonst programmers. Sometimes it can get pretty emotional. I’ve heard that debates over the merits of competing text editors have at times come to blows.

Today I decided to resolve this age-old question once and for all. Which is better: emacs or vi? I sent a simple poll out on Reddit, and received 279 responses. Below I have summarized the results in chart form.

Vi users outvoted emacs users two-to-one. Sorry emacs, but charts don’t lie. Looks like vi is the superior text editor. :-)

The Next AI Challenge

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

In the last day or so, I have started seriously working on the next AI Challenge, which I hope to launch in early May. The first step is to choose a game to use for the contest. This morning I came up with a short list of decent two-player strategy games, and created a Google Form to allow people to vote for their favorites. After posting the form on Reddit, I managed to get almost 600 votes in a fairly short period of time. Here are the results.

Clearly, Chess is a terrible idea. Aside from that, all the other games are completely tied. Go seems to be slightly ahead, but that could just be a fluke. Overall, these results don’t seem to be very helpful. How should I decide which game to pick?