Ok, I admit it, I’ve only just now found out! Seems the
vi terminal command on Mac OS X just points to
vim anyway and always has done:
$ ls -l /usr/bin/vi lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 3 9 Nov 2015 /usr/bin/vi -> vim
I started using a Mac as my main machine for software development in 2009 and have mostly used one since. Given the number of times I have typed a completely redundant
m multiplied by the number of years I have been doing it for makes for some frightening numbers.
As a very quick and rough calculation, I made a quick Python doodle estimating how many times I probably opened vim everyday in each year (trying to judge how heavily I might have typed
vim per day each year based on role and environment etc.), here here is basic estimation:
Kind of simplistic and assuming:
- Approximation of per day opening frequency
- Coding 235 full days a year
(based on: work days + some weekend days + some evenings – holiday days)
This, depressingly, outputs:
Which is a lot of redundant key strokes! Assuming I type the command at rate of 80 wpm, according to this website this is a kph (keystroke per hour rate) of around 20,000.
This, even more depressingly, equates to :
The equivalent of a long day wasted …to add to the many I’ve encountered as a Software Developer.