vim for people who would rather not use vim

Daniel Hanson daniel.hanson82 at
Thu Jan 24 09:10:47 MST 2013

I suppose an apology for the 4 minutes to get out statement is an order.  I
had the convenience of learning it at home with tutorials and the tutor so
our first run-ins were different for sure.  Vi or Vim definitely appears to
be a sure thing on any Unix/Linux machine I've encountered and emacs is a
dice roll.  I know both are very powerful but after doing a trial of both,
I got hooked on vim.  Definitely makes going through config files and such
on a server a breeze.  I think the more beginners tutorials out there the
better because there is certainly a learning curve but once you learn it
you find you are rarely reaching for your pointing device.  Also, carries
over if you install vimium or other plugins for the browser as well as
apvlv (Alph's Pdf Viewer Like Vim) for pdf's and at home I'm using either
xmonad or i3wm (tiling window managers with vi/vim like bindings).  Good

On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM, AJ ONeal <coolaj86 at> wrote:

> >
> >
> > Heresy!  Nano is what people use until they convert to either vim or
> emacs
> > On Jan 23, 2013 10:09 PM, "Tod Hansmann" < at>
> wrote:
> >
> > > On 1/23/2013 7:48 PM, Daniel Hanson wrote:
> > > > Why would anybody not want to use the most awesome text editor ever!?
> > > >
> > > The blog is about vim, not nano.
> >
> I'm not advocating that vim is the best editor (the evidence stands for
> itself and nothing I can say or do will make it better - it's already
> better).
> Again:
> *The bare minimum you need to know in a world where vim exists and vi is
> > sometimes your only option.*
> All computers with operating systems have vi installed, but not every
> operating system is emacs. It's one of those square / rectangle deals,
> y'know?
> Does nano even have code highlighting or plugins?
> But seriously: vi is hard.
> It took a while for me to warm up to it. Having the experience of opening
> it up by mistake and having to reboot your server because you're such a
> noob that you don't know what else to do is a mistake that really hurts you
> emotionally and leaves a scar... all the other kids mocking you with "AJ
> can't figure out how to close vi, AJ can't figure out how to close vi!"
> It takes a lot of forgiveness to get over that.
> So if all you ever figure out with vi is how to get out of it without
> breaking anything, at least you can't hate it.
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