Vim!

Mon 11 January 2010

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For a while now vim has been my editor of choice and only up until recently have I began to unearth it's potential. My reasoning before was that it was so cross-compatible(even working in ssh terminals) that this would always be my go-to editor. Now it's become so much more! Running regexes across all working files with bufdo, crazy window manipulation and crazy editing tricks have made this editor truly fantastic. I've started using wherever possible, even trying out the vimperator firefox plugin.

3 reasons to learn Vim are

1. Edit text far more efficiently(I as a programmer do this more than a little)

2. Not look like an idiot by saying you "know" vim then head straight for the arrow keys

  1. The ladies

I felt if I was ever going to learn it I would have to see someone use it. Luckily I found a guy who clearly only has love for VIM. Before I watched the videos I basically knew a couple of shortcuts but still used the arrows key and 'i' to do 95% of my work. Things have changed drastically since then.

So I would suggest:

* Play with vim.

* Watch all of these vim tutorials, a guy who has likely changed me forever!

* Feel free to use the mindmap I made, I find it easier to traverse quickly over the flat cheatsheet(but that's just me)

You'll find yourself working at a slow pace(even slower than normal) but fight through this as the productivity rewards are worth it!

Alsoit may be a little annoying but add these to your .vimrc to disable the arrow keys, this helped me a lot in using the editor correctly.

You'll find yourself working at a slow pace(even slower than normal) but fight true this as the productivity rewards are worth it!

Also if may be a little annoying but add these to your .vimrc to disable the arrow keys, this helped me a lot in using the editor correctly.

noremap "" noremap! noremap "" noremap! noremap "" noremap! noremap "" norema! noremap "" noremap! noremap "" noremap! noremap "" noremap! noremap "" norema!

Category: Apps Tagged: vim

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