enjoying Helix


(update: there is a part 2)

I have been hoping for an alternative to Emacs:

I may have found one in Helix, though it does lack certain rather important features:

Beyond that, I love that it integrates IDE functionality without any need for configuration. In addition, I enjoy how responsive it is (it feels far more snappy/lightweight than Emacs). It also has a nifty approach, where text that would be operated on is highlighted, and that makes it far more approachable than vi (and relatives), to a point where I feel it takes modal editors to more mainstream audiences.