The Cult of vi

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Yes, vi is a religion. More than that, it’s a cult religion. It started out as a UNIX editor and has now become a Ubiquitous editor. Unlike, say, Microsoft Word, it can also give the illusion of magic. Watching a vi guru doing some heavy editing on a file, as her fingers fly over the keys and textual transformations sweep across the screen, one could believe that one is in the presence of supernatural powers. “Awesome”, the audience murmur to themselves. Maybe. (More…)

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