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Sweeten Your Vim With Cream

May 29, 2008, 06:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Granneman)

[ Thanks to Bryan Richard for this link. ]

"It's an eternal debate amongst Penguinistas: Emacs or Vim? Unfortunately, for most 'normal' (i.e., non-geek) folks, this debate will never occur, since they will find Emacs or Vim way too complicated, strange, and, well… different. You've heard what these new users say when they meet Emacs or Vim: 'Why doesn't anything appear when I type? What's up with these weird key combinations? I have to do what to save? Modes? What are modes? I hate this! Why can't I just type and save like normal?!'

"This is really too bad, since Vim has a tremendous amount of power, stability, and extensibility to offer users (Emacs… ahhh, not so much). But if users are scared or confused by the interface, they'll never get to enjoy the good stuff that Vim has to offer. There has to be some way to ease users into Vim, some way to leverage the power of Vim while accommodating, or even overcoming, the steep learning curve. Fortunately, there is a solution: Cream..."

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