I used to like Pico...
... but then I turned three.
Seriously, Pico's great for UNIX newbies and people who don't have the patience to use vi or Emacs. Actually, I programmed an entire software 3D engine using it several years ago, though since then I've discovered that Emacs (well, XEmacs) is a MUCH better programming editor, since it's got the transparent RCS stuff, syntax hilighting, automatic formatting, a pretty good gdb frontend, and other stuff which I can no longer live without. Not to mention actually having search-and-replace, sane and relatively-meaningful keybindings, better usage of screen real estate, and customizable semantics for just about everything.
Personally, I use vi for quick editing jobs, and XEmacs for actual coding, or plain Emacs when XEmacs isn't available. (Contrary to popular assumption, XEmacs works just fine as a terminal-based app, by the way, and is IMO better than Emacs' attempt at being an X-based app.)
I'm one of the first people to admit that Emacs has way too much stuff in it, but you don't HAVE to install all of it, and even if it's installed, you don't have to use it. And anyway, it's fun to have dunnet, doctor and spook available.
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!
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