Last updated: 2000.07.30

Why are you still using vi?

This is not another emacs vs vi debate. Yes I use emacs. I use it on Unix, I use it on Linux, I use it on NT, I used it on VOS (that's another story). But with or without emacs, you should be using a better editor then vi. I see developers running X Windows on their Win2K desktop, just to open up a telnet window to run vi. Isn't that strange?

What is wrong with vi? It is too limited. It is modal -- i.e. the user has to be aware of the command mode verse the editing mode. It is all a matter of BANDWIDTH. For a developer, editing text and program files is a large part of his daily work. vi does not support multiple buffers and windows. vi does not do keystroke macros.

A counterpoint.