A while ago when I was giving Slackware Linux the first tries I came across this tiny, very functional and very powerful text editor, JED.

JED is a minimalistic text editor for the shell that emulates Emacs in most of its useful functionality, is not as powerful as Emacs itself but it has just enough for me.

  • Syntax highlighting 
  • Key bindings
  • Buffers for edition
  • Contextual shell menus
  • Very lightweight 
  • And some other features
It might not be an IDE, but it's my favorite tool for editing text via SSH, or when I'm doing something small and I just want to do it as fast as I can. 

Give it a try, hopefully you will find it useful.