Fidel V. wrote:
On 9/9/10, Marnen Laibow-Koser [email protected] wrote:
radhames brito wrote:
i must be missing something because everyone seems to love vim but to me
I agree with you. The modal interface should have died in the 1970s.
If I want a console editor, I use Emacs.
The thing about Vim or Emacs, is that they are not ordinary editors.
They are modal editors.
Emacs isn’t a modal editor in the sense that Vi is (with separate insert
and edit modes). That’s one reason I like it better than Vi.
You can’t really compare them with ordinary
Sure you can. They’re heavily programmable, but they’re still just text
editors. (Yes, I know you can check your e-mail and play Tetris in
Emacs. That doesn’t really change my point.)
It is pretty hard to get use to it in the beginning, but once
you get used to it, you will find that you can do things with it that
you cannot replicate in other editors.
Example? I agree in principle – I am an Emacs fan – but I find that
this doesn’t make much difference for me in practice.
The whole productivity
enhancement is in the fact that you do not leave the keyboard, which
is something that sort of delays your productivity a bit. At least
that is for me.
I hear this argument a lot. To some extent (a great extent) I agree
with it. But in fact there are tasks for which the mouse makes you
more productive. There are times when I’d rather click around than
use cursor keys.
The other nice thing about Vim is that it
comes with any Unix based operating system. So, if you know how to use
it you can start editing configuration files with it in any Unix based
I know how to use Vi. I still hate it.
I have heard that Emacs is more powerful than Vim, but for me Vim is
enough. I am happy with it as I am already used to its modes, and
For me, it’s not that Emacs is more powerful; rather, it’s easier to
use. Emacs modes are like language modules in other editors, not like
Vi’s insert and edit mode. The latter have no place in 21st-century
PS: “Vim is like wine, the older it gets the more tasty it becomes” ;D
Why? Because nostalgia is the only thing it has going for it?