I really enjoyed the Vax. I got asked to do a system upgrade on a weekend, in the time frame of the first Beverley Hills Cop movie. I listened to the soundtrack on my cassette Walkman while I waited to load each reel to reel tape. The command interpreter in VMS was very nice, and the embedded networking was very slick. Having the system automatically make backups of your files with the semicolon naming was also quite handy.
Being a hardcore programmer, I was a TECO (Text Editor and COrrector) guy and then EMACS (which was originally written in TECO).Let the VMS flashbacks continue. I think the editor that will remain my favorite was EDT. You gotta have the VTxxx keyboard to do it right 'cause without the keypad with the correct layout my right hand would just flounder around like a fish out of water.
EDT was great on a VT terminal. Eventually it got rebuilt as a configuration of TPU. I remember writing some TPU plugins for my EDT config. I loved TPU/EDT so much I eventual paid too much for a DOS version of it to replace my aged copy of the Norton Editor (was that BRIEF?)my favorite was EDT
I remember when 'edlin' replaced 'copy con'I will never admit to having written assembly code in the debugger and squirting it out to a file to execute.
Manual? ... What Manual ?!? This Is Unix, My Son, You Just GOTTA Know!!!