I have discovered vim, vi improved. For those who don’t know, Bill Joy, of Sun Microsystems, first wrote vi in the seventies to serve as a more humane alternative to other line-oriented editors at the time. Thirty-plus years later, people still use it, and now I know why. I love it. I feel born again.
Several years ago, I began writing my own editor called e, made for the blind. Now I feel weird setting that asside to learn vim, but I love it so much, and feel that the end result will prove worth it – the inspiration vim will give, etc.
I just wanted to let you know that if you need a rocking powerful unix editor, and felt intimidated, learn vim! It takes time, but you can really do some awesome things. I’ve only used it for a few hours. I still have to figure out how to get wordwrapping working the way I like, you really have to get down and dirty with it, but such goes life, such goes Unix.