I believe VS Code has presented extraordinary evidence. Im hoping it moves into the category with apps like Excel, Illustrator, Photoshop, software that has held the most popular position in its category for decades. These applications are reliably time investments that repay their cost of learning over the course of a career. Emacs and Vim have always been like that, but its always good to have more choice.
Someone should make a Shell-oriented version of the same thing.