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Vi commands in all your Cocoa apps

Jason Corso - Vi Input Manager Plugin

Vi Input Manager seems like a godsend for Mac (or more accurately, Cocoa) users who have Vi commands permanently installed in their fingertips.

This bundle patches the Cocoa Text System to add a Vi-like command mode. After entering command-mode (typically, by hitting escape in Vi), ordinary Vi commands can be typed and the text field will be updated accordingly...

Right now, you should be thinking -- "you mean the editor in XCode will behave like Vi?" Answer: Yes.

Reminds me it's about time for another round of trying to learn Vim.

[ via: Vi Input Manager - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) ]

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Not even a ghost's shadow,...

Not even a ghost's shadow, Fred? Not even the shadow of an actual freaking ghost? Damn. A ghost, mind you. With a shadow. Not this.

But, seriously, if this plugin were standing, nude, in front of like 150 longtime Vi users, it would be so disturbingly "not-like-Vi" that it might actually be mistaken for -- what? -- maybe a congealed salad or a copy of Meet the Beatles or a slightly dented Toyota Tercel? I mean, truly, then yes: it is that unacceptably bad as to render me without modern human speech.

It would, in fact, be so opposite of every. thing. that Vi is capable of doing that it could more properly be called "The Opposite of Vi" or perhaps "Null Vi Not Vi ever never Not Doodley Doing Vee Eye." There are no words. Clearly.

Not even a ghost's. shadow. Wow. I mean. Wow.

That is indeed pointless, Fred, and 43 Folders regrets the error.




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