I use vi every day; to me, there is no better text editor. It is apparently a little intimidating for the newcomer, though…. here’s a beginner’s guide to the VI editor.
I would write one of these, but – much as I love vi, and I really do, everyone who uses vi, seems to have their own experience of it, and their own shortcuts. We’ve all got our own quirks. One thing’s for sure; vi is not notepad!