Where Vim Came From


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I recently stumbled across a file format known as Intel HEX. As far as I cangather, Intel HEX files (which use the .hex extension) are meant to makebinary…
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4 days ago by nertzy
Surprising Amiga related Vim history
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6 days ago by dabel70
reading this makes me really want to do some vim tutorials, would be useful for the students when they get stuck in vim for me to be able to debug
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7 days ago by harrisonmalone
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9 days ago by habi
I recently stumbled across a file format known as Intel HEX. As far as I cangather, Intel HEX files (which use the .hex extension) are meant to makebinary…
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11 days ago by elena.tanasoiu
As far as I can
gather, Intel HEX files (which use the .hex extension) are meant to make
binary images less opaque by encoding them as lines of hexadecimal digits. In some sense, Vim is only the latest iteration of a
piece of software—call it the “wq text editor”—that has been continuously
developed and improved since the dawn of the Unix epoch. In 1975, a man named George Coulouris
developed an improved version of ed on the Unix system installed at Queen
Mary’s College, London. Fred Fish was an American programmer that
mailed out a floppy disk every month with a curated selection of the best
open-source software available for the Amiga platform. The “wq text editor” had a few different concrete
expressions, but thanks in part to the unusual attention paid to backward
compatibility by both Bill Joy and Bram Moolenaar, good ideas accumulated
gradually over time.
11 days ago by sechilds
"The answer, as is so often the case, begins with that ancient crucible of computing, Bell Labs." via enkiv2 on masto
history  unix  vim  text  poetics 
12 days ago by aparrish
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13 days ago by chetan
While Emacs certainly still has a following, some people think that the Editor Wars are over and that Vim won.
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13 days ago by zephyr777
I recently stumbled across a file format known as Intel HEX. As far as I cangather, Intel HEX files (which use the .hex extension) are meant to makebinary…
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13 days ago by danbee
RT : Where Vim came from
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13 days ago by heapdump
Interesting history lesson on where vim originated from and what it was inspired by.
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13 days ago by chrispop
RT : This week's post: Parsing Vim's prestigious pedigree!
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14 days ago by rjw1
Where Vim came from
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14 days ago by alanjc
I recently stumbled across a file format known as Intel HEX. As far as I cangather, Intel HEX files (which use the .hex extension) are meant to makebinary…
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14 days ago by zsoltika
The history of vim
14 days ago by fabianmoronzirfas
Vim is everywhere. It is used by so many people that something like HEX file support shouldn’t be a surprise. Vim comes pre-installed on Mac OS and has a large constituency in the Linux world. It is familiar even to people that hate it, because enough popular command line tools will throw users into Vim by default that the uninitiated getting trapped in Vim has become a meme. There are major websites, including Facebook, that will scroll down when you press the j key and up when you press the k key—the unlikely high-water mark of Vim’s spread through digital culture.
history  unix  vim  journalism 
14 days ago by jayfree
Coulouris called his program em, or “editor for mortals,” which he had supposedly been inspired to do after Thompson paid a visit to Queen Mary’s, saw the program Coulouris had built, and dismissed it, saying that he had no need to see the state of a file while editing it.
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14 days ago by mxmerz
2018-07-22, by Sinclair Target,

"(...) ex/vi (henceforth vi) established most of the conventions we now associate with Vim that weren’t already a part of ed. The video terminal that Joy was using was a Lear Siegler ADM-3A, which had a keyboard with no cursor keys. Instead, arrows were painted on the h, j, k, and l keys, which is why Joy used those keys for cursor movement in vi. The escape key on the ADM-3A keyboard was also where today we would find the tab key, which explains how such a hard-to-reach key was ever assigned an operation as common as exiting a mode. The : character that prefixes commands also comes from vi, which in regular mode (i.e. the mode entered by running ex) used : as a prompt. This addressed a long-standing complaint about ed, which, once launched, greets users with utter silence. In visual mode, saving and quitting now involved typing the classic :wq. “Yanking” and “putting,” marks, and the set command for setting options were all part of the original vi. The features we use in the course of basic text editing today in Vim are largely vi features. (...)

vi was the only text editor bundled with BSD Unix other than ed. At the time, Emacs could cost hundreds of dollars (this was before GNU Emacs), so vi became enormously popular. But vi was a direct descendant of ed, which meant that the source code could not be modified without an AT&T source license. (...)

“Vim”, which now abbreviates “Vi Improved”, originally stood for “Vi Imitation.” Like many of the other vi clones, Vim began as an attempt to replicate vi on a platform where it was not available. Bram Moolenaar, a Dutch software engineer working for a photocopier company in Venlo, the Netherlands, wanted something like vi for his brand-new Amiga 2000. Moolenaar had grown used to using vi on the Unix systems at his university and it was now “in his fingers.” So in 1988, using the existing STEVIE vi clone as a starting point, Moolenaar began work on Vim. (...)"
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14 days ago by eric.brechemier
Where Vim Came From
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14 days ago by gpessia
Bell Labs hired Ken Thompson. Thompson had just completed a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. While there, he had used a text editor called QED, written for the Berkeley Timesharing System between 1965 and 1966.1 One of the first things Thompson did after arriving at Bell Labs was rewrite QED for the MIT Compatible Time-Sharing System. He would later write another version of QED for the
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14 days ago by hashanp
Where Vim Came From
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14 days ago by nicola
I recently stumbled across a file format known as Intel HEX. As far as I cangather, Intel HEX files (which use the .hex extension) are meant to makebinary…
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14 days ago by badboy
Where Vim Came From
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14 days ago by demon386
I recently stumbled across a file format known as Intel HEX. As far as I cangather, Intel HEX files (which use the .hex extension) are meant to makebinary…
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14 days ago by joeybaker