[haiku-development] Re: Vim episodes. IV. It is ready to breathe...

  • From: "Stephan Assmus" <superstippi@xxxxxx>
  • To: haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 08 May 2009 09:58:55 +0200


Von: Stefano Ceccherini <stefano.ceccherini@xxxxxxxxx>
> > Every time I get thrown into vi without me expecting it, like doing
> > svn commit which uses the default editor I get really frustrated and
> > annoyed. (In fact I want to throw the computer out the window). I
> > usually use CTRL-Z and kill the process, because it's very unintuitive
> > to even learn basic commands like help or quit.)
> >
> > Fredrik Holmqvist, TQH
> >
> It was the same for me. Then I read the manual and now I can use it
> decently.
> The problem is that you are supposed to read some documentation to use
> something correctly. Always.

I don't agree wholeheartly. Other apps manage to explain themselves while the 
user is looking at them for their basic features. And the fundamentals they 
don't explain is usually common practice on the platform or even computers as a 
whole. I can go read the manual if I want to learn tricks and advanced 
features. But nothing you know about computers from using any other program 
holds true in vi, not even how you quit the damn thing. Really, if anyone wants 
to use it and thinks it's powerful, perfect, but ignoring the huge usability 
barrier that vi poses on anyone who didn't read a manual and then continues 
using vi to keep remembering what he learned doesn't help the discussion at all.

Best regards,

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