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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Thursday April 01, 2004
11:41 AM

Notepad vs. VI Showdown

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Given the choice between Notepad and Vi, it should be clear that there is no choice. Even if you're an Emacs fan, I suspect you'd choose Vi (assuming you knew it). I've a friend who's learning Perl and he uses it quite a bit now. I've also introduced him to Vi and he's gotten quite used to it.

And then there's his job. He has to write a lot of VBScript and he's discovered that he has a mental block that somehow forces him to use Notepad when using this language. Somehow, I think there's something deeply symbolic about this :)

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  • first there was notepad. and it was good.

    then there was vi, and it was better.

    then there was vim, which seriously pisses in vi's cheerios.

    I've even brought over a port of vim to my old MacOS 8.6 machine, I like it so much. Even stopped using BBEdit over there.

    Lately I've tested bluefish and quanta on Fedora Core 1 for web development and continually kept going back to gvim as I was just far more productive in it. EVEN given all these extras that come with those two. (I also tried screem but it's IMHO no
    • First there was ed, and it was THE STANDARD.

      Then there was vi, but it required grabbing a glass terminal, and who could manage that?

      Then there was emacs, which thrashed magnificently on underspecced timeshared Vaxen.

      But emacs grabbed the finger-control neurons, so must now be ported to any new platform before work can be accomplished.

      I still sometimes use ed for those "change one line" jobs.