For reasons which are not apparent* even to myself (although I suspect it had to do with general contrariness mixed with regret for some arrogant comments from the past) I spent 2011 emacs-free. More than that, I spent it using only vi (or, rather, vim) to do my text – including program text – editing. Since I couldn’t get SLIMV to work at the beginning of 2011 – it is in much better shape now – I even gave up the wonder that is Slime/Swank.
I can report that, even for a duffer like me, it is possible to develop very efficiently with vi(m) and a repl running in another terminal. So there, old-splittist!
And just to make sure I’m not making any forward progress, I’ve switched back to emacs for 2012. Now my buffers are full of “jjjj” and “kkkk”…
* I do this a lot, don’t I?