I'll always be a VIM user, there's just no way around that. However I'm always on the lookout for something better. I ran across an article on Quora asking about the best editor for programming and my answer to that is generally a solid VIM. However somebody mentioned Spacemacs which is simply Emacs configured for VIM users...at least thats what it started off life as. It now seems to cater to Emacs users as well. At any rate I had to give it a try because I've always wanted to like Emacs but never really could get into it. There are some areas where VIM is lacking and project management is one of those areas. I was curious if Emacs would have more to offer here.
I gave Spacemacs an honest try for around 3 months. I was immediatly productive becuase of the VIM knowledge that I was able to bring with me. First thing I noticed is that it had everything and the kitchen sink bundled with it, I just had to turn on the things I cared about so I didn't have to install many if any packages to get started. In fact my configuration was pretty minimal. Second thing is I really dig ORG mode. I like to keep various notes on things that I've learned over the years so I can go back and reference them later and ORG mode is definitly the ticket there. Thirdly having a package manager baked in is really nice for the package or two that I did end up installing. I really wish VIM had gotten this figured out.