[oclug] Vim Rulez (was Programming Wars - Final Results)
sandy at storm.ca
Wed Apr 18 18:15:06 EDT 2001
Jon Earle wrote:
> ... Basically, I'm just curious as to why people today
> still love vi*. While I like some of it's features, I also find it very
> clunky and not at all intuitive.
I like it mostly because I know it and its available more-or-less anywhere.
About 1985, one of the Unix mags interviewed Bill Joy. He said he'd stopped using
vi within six months of writing it, and had never understood why AT&T included it
as a standard part of System III, V, ... He said he'd use 'ed' on any Unix system
other than his own; saves the trouble of dealing with terminal configuration. At
home base, he used something far more powerful -- I think Interleaf.
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