Hear Ron rant on about vim...
So why do I think vim is so great? I write computer programs
for a living, and have used dozens of editors during my career. You might say
the choice of a good editor is more important to my profession than almost anything else, since I
spend most of my workday using it.
A good editor can make
life much easier (and conversely, a bad editor can lead to premature aging and
death. Well, maybe not death...)
My top reasons for choosing vim above all other editors:
- It is being actively developed (so bugs get fixed and features get
- It works the same on all the systems I use (Win95/98/NT, Linux,
- It is reasonably small, yet fast and very rich in features.
- The online help is excellent and abundant.
- It is extremely customizeable (and the same customizations can work
on all the platforms I use).
- There is nothing I have tried to do with it that I couldn't find a
way to do.
- The vim community is very helpful when one runs into difficulties.
- Features I particularly want or need get into the program.
- I can directly contribute to the project and make it better.
While it is true that using a
vi clone takes getting used
to at first, I found traversing the relatively steep learning curve well
Note that I didn't say that vim's main attractions to me were:
Every day I use vim, I find something new I can do with it, or some better way
of accomplishing some old task. Its richness is a blessing to the experienced
while not overwhelming the newcomer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- being a
vi clone (I didn't like
- its long list of features (I just want to edit my code)
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