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Two Decades of Excellence: Vim Turns 20!

Nov 03, 2011, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"For those who aren't familiar with it, Vim is short for Vi Improved. Vim is actually a take on the even-older vi, the text editor written for Unix by Bill Joy. To prove that nearly all developments in computer science are iterative, vi is from the "visual" /mode of Joy's line editor, ex. And ex built on em, and so forth.

It might sound weird these days to call a text-based editor "visual," but in the early days of Unix text editing was downright primitive.

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