I Love Vim

I have used Vim for a number of years now.  I love its simplicity.  I love its flexibility. I love that it is cross-platform.  While its controls can be somewhat complicated, I love that you can just do so much with it.

It was only once I started configuring the .vimrc file that I really started to appreciate everything that it could do.  Integrating select plugins can really make a difference to how it works and how you will use it.

My primary platform is OS X.  I run iTerm with ZSH, Tmux and Vim to edit 90% of my files.  As a developer, flexibility and speed are important.  Being able to do something in 2 keystrokes, as opposed to 4 keystrokes, mouse movements and another 3 keystrokes really cut down the time tasks take to do.

I have a friend.  I’ll call him Glen… because that is his name. He absolutely detests Vim.  In fact, it appears to make him slightly nauseous.  But, I am certain that if he took a little time to investigate how to make it work for him, then even he would fall in love with Vim because of how it could improve his workflow.

I doubt there are two people who would have the exact same use-case for Vim, but this is where it scores over many other editors.  You can configure it to do what you want, and not what the editors developers want you to do.

Sure, it’s not as easy to configure as ticking a box in a GUI, but it’s not that difficult either.  Having been around for so long, there are many examples available.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an expert by any means, and I am still learning.  I do forget keystrokes sometimes, but for the things I do all the time, it has become almost subconscious.

Try it, you might just like it… and that means you too, Glen!