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Re: The three virtues of Perl are CONFLICTING!

by yakko (Friar)
on Mar 10, 2001 at 09:44 UTC ( #63437=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The three virtues of Perl are CONFLICTING!

I started with pico. Coming from the MS-DOG world back then, I found it to be as easy as (new) edit. Then, having come from a WordStar-ish background before, I found joe to be the editor of choice.

This is where my paradigm began to suffer a major shift.

One of the first Unix systems I administered was a crufty HP9000/750 running HP-UX 9.03. There was NO joe, and NO pico... only vi. "Laziness" checks out of that hotel, and "Impatience" checks in. I try compiling joe, to no avail. I ended up learning vi instead.

As time marched on, I was finding myself typing :wq in joe, and missing all the neat tricks I could do to get places fast. "Laziness" checks back in as I make vi my default editor for EVERYTHING, not just on that one system, but for my Linux boxen at home.

This turned out to be a big win, as I now was able to take on most any Unix system and actually edit stuff without trouble, thus reinstating "Laziness" and "Impatience" to their rightful positions on the totem pole. "Hubris" then came naturally.

(Though I'm not above using ({word,note}pad on) win*, I have put vim on there, as well, as the ":wq!" problem manifests itself even in Word... even at the command line... even in PowerPoint and Outhouse!)

Me spell chucker work grate. Need grandma chicken.

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