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I have no idea, since I stopped using Basic many long years ago, I'll leave programming up to the guys in the dark back room.
I chose emacs though in reality I'm not really religiously attached to any of them. I'm actually using vi the most at work just because we standardized on it since it's installed by default (emacs you have to add). On the few servers where I'm going to be doing extensive writing/scripting I'll install emacs.
I've always identified vi as a good quick-hit editor and emacs for bigger editing projects. Though they're both just fine for either truth be told.
nano's a great simple little editor also.
It seems most people prefer emacs. What little bit I can do I learned with vi. You do much more with a text editor that me. :-)
Most of the stuff I do these days is viewing/editing config files and logs. Some scripting too but I can get by with either. To this day I'm not that deep into the features of either. Emacs especially could probably stand to be stripped down some. The conditions which led to it being almost a mini-OS back in the day no longer apply. I have zero interest in the games and other goofy plugins that come with it. I do like the editing features that I do use though.