Why I prefer Vim and not Emacs

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If there is one question you could ask to recognize a true geek, it would be “Do you use Vi or Emacs?” If you’re talking to a geek they will either start laughing because they recognize you as a fellow geek or they will start talking about the merits of their favorite editor.

Besides the eternal Linux, Windows or Mac debate there is another constant flame war ongoing on the internet, Vi or Emacs? I don’t there there are two other editors that have such a large and devote fan base. There are heavy proponents of Emacs and devout users of Vi. Some ‘battles” start with good slogans: Emacs Rules, Vi Drools, others are try to be well balanced: Emacs and Vi (note the and, not or). Yet sometimes it’s just plain ugly

While Vi still has it’s place in todays Unix like systems, it has been in most cases replaced by the Vim editor. Vim stands for Vi Improved, an extended version of Vi created by Bram Molenaar. As you can expect from the title above, I prefer Vim over Emacs. Don’t worry! This isn’t another flame, just my reasons for using Vim.

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