VI / VIM – One UNIX / Linux editor to rule them all

in Categories Links, Linux, Sys admin, UNIX last updated May 18, 2007

I’ve used almost all text editors out there but one editor to rule them all! VI is almost 30+ year old editor; vim is the best clone and improvement.

There is a nice advocacy article, about vi/vim editing The main goal is to have an explanation so that NON-vi(m)ers can understand what the fuss is all about:

No, they are not dinosaurs who don’t want to catch up with the times – the community of vi users just keeps growing: myself, I only got started 2 years ago (after over 10 years of being a professional programmer). Friends of mine are converting today. Heck, most vi users were not even born when vi was written!

Yes, there are definite reasons why the vi/vim editing model is just superior to any other out there. And you don’t need to be a Unix whiz to use it, either: vim is available for free for almost any platform out there, and there are plug-ins to get the functionality inside all major IDEs. Let’s try to break a few misconceptions, and see some real examples of why it’s the killerest

Why, oh WHY, do those #?@! nutheads use vi?

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

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