@Tim J "REAL" programmers understand this:
- * for emacs
- * Local Variables:
Ah yes, emacs, I was forgetting that one - I class it with APL etc (see above).
Only run that twice in my life, each time by accident and each time I spent 20 minutes with Google trying to find out how to quit it.
I remember in about 1990 when I was at SLAC, we were moving from VM/CMS to unix and there was a discussion as to which editor might be recommended - vi, jove, and one or two others whose names I have now forgotten. While this was raging on, I needed to get going and started using dxnotepad on this Ultrix box I was given. Some six months later I tuned into the debate again, wondering which of those editors I should learn.
Then I realised that the answer was: NONE. It had taken me 5 minutes to find out how to use dxnotepad, and if any simple tool like a text editor takes longer then it's the wrong tool. Soon after that I moved to BBEdit and haven't looked back.
Mind you, I still have to hand my "Ultrix: vi - Beginner's Reference" for those once-in-a-decade moments where a Terminal is all I have available.