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vi editor is something that UNIX newbies often like to criticize. Until they learn it well and understand why vi is vi and not something else.It is a marvellous creation of Bill Joy and one cannot but think of it without a feeling of magic and spookiness.

It has the same demonic characteristics of other UNIX concepts like daemons and pipes. It has a steep learning curve but it is worth the effort since the power and versatility of vi cannot be matched.

Vim stands for Vi IMproved and was developed by Bram Moolenaar. That took vi to the next level making it run even on Microsoft Windows. Many people like to differentiate between vi, nvi and vim. There are plenty of subtle differences and vim today is so feature rich and powerful that one can argue that there is a certain feature bloat.

Whatever it is, there is no editor I know that can highlight syntax of various file formats like vim. Syntax highlighting can be a boon for serious programmers and network administrators who spend countless hours working and are given to carelessness after a sleepless night. Vim would clearly show simple errors and typos even before you write the file to disk.

The online documentation is so comprehensive and user friendly that you don't have to go out of vim or google for figuring out the way to achieve common tasks.

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