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Wherein I write some stuff that you may like to read. Or not, its up to you really.

October 01, 2003

Just When You Think You Know Everything

People laugh at you. The humble amongst us are always hungry for knowledge and these VIM Tips are full of nuggets. The tips for using buffers and ftp were particularly interesting to me.

I'll confess to having had a play with the other editor recently. I was mainly trying to find out what all of the fuss was about. After my noodling about I can see why it was a much better choice than vi all those years ago when I first started using computers in anger. But in the meantime VIM has bridged the functionality gap to such an extent that choosing between the two is largely a matter of preference. As I've been using :wq! and ZZ for more years than I care to count I'll be sticking with "The Best Editor in the World" thanks very much.

Posted by Andy Todd at October 01, 2003 04:17 PM


15 years (in my case) of hard-coding vi keystrokes into the brain are hard to undo :)

I noticed with amusement a year or so ago that Konqueror has keybindings for the vi movement keys to scroll the page... I'd just started using them and it took a few minutes before I realised what I was doing :)

Posted by: Richard Jones on October 2, 2003 12:19 AM