For me it was definitely Vim
- the Vi
Improved. Well, I was in search for a good editor when Vim
5.0 has first met the light, and was really astonished by
the syntax-highlighting features. And the more I used it and read within through the included online-help the more I loved it. I could quote most of the Why Vim?
page here, but just let me quote my own reasons (for, that's what you are looking for :).
- Multi Platform: I personally like to use the same editor on Windows, OS/2 and any Unix.
- Definitely syntax highlighting: I've read once that emacs can't use embedded syntax (don't know if that's still true) - Vim can do that quite easy.
- You can set options depending on the file you edit. Like different (auto)indenting on different files (like mails, code, ...) or even skeleton files when opening new files. This is really one of the features that I like most.
- Vim has blockmode (rectangle copy/cut/paste/insert). I use it e.g. for commenting out a whole block (insert/delete # infront of a block).
- Bookmarks are possible through the viminfo file
- You can jump from subroutines through files and have open multiple files with multiple windows
- Just found through google: ftpbrws.vim: A script that lets you edit a file through ftp
is always a good point to start searching, and if you know what you are searching for you are most of the time quite directly there (like I did for the ftpbrws.vim script: "ftp edit vim" and it was the first link ;-)
Feel free to contact me if you have questions about vim :)
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