Gary stuck around after our Vim interview to share some of his Vim setup with me. If you’ve never seen Gary use Vim, this is a must-watch. The guy moves at the speed of thought. 🏃♂️
On this special edition of The Changelog, we tell Vim’s story from the mouths of its users. Julia Evans, Drew Neil, Suz Hinton, and Gary Bernhardt join Jerod Santo for a deep and wide-ranging discussion about “the best text editor that anyone ever wrote.”
Here’s a sneak peek of our upcoming episode of The Changelog (plus bonus videos) starring Julia Evans, Drew Neil, Suz Hinton, and Gary Bernhardt!
The gang talks about thier favorite software and hardware as developers. Brian Douglas joins to share his unique and open GitHub Actions flow.
Nick, and Kball are joined by Mike Hartington to talk about Ionic, the state of web components, developer tooling, and more!
Did you know that this fuzzy finder - fzf, can do a lot more than you thought? Oh yeah, the fuzzy search is just the tip of the iceberg here. It is like wine; the more you leave it on your computer, the more flavor and sweetness it accumulates from that command-line. Let’s dive in and find out how you can increase your productivity with fzf inside Vim.
“Thank you! But our princess is in another buffer!”
Command (line? I’ve never called it that) mode is indeed where much of Vim’s power lies. In this post on Thoughtbot’s blog, German Velasco explains search and replace, command repetition, ranges, and more.
Vimpeccable is a plugin for Neovim that allows you to easily replace your vimscript-based
.vimrcwith a lua-based one instead. Vimpeccable adds to the existing Neovim lua API by adding new lua commands to easily map keys directly to lua.
All of the power and customization of Vim without the inscrutable and othewise compulsory Vimscript? Sign me up! (metaphorically… I’m far too lazy to customize Vim anymore than I already have.)
If you use Vimium (a Chrome extension which provides keyboard shortcuts for navigation and control in the spirit of the Vim editor) and you’re on macOS, Vimac is a no-brainer. You can scroll windows with
HJKL keys, perform clicks using hint letters, and even perform right (and double) clicks with your keyboard.
Learn the good parts of Vim.
This book from Igor Irianto is in progress with 11 of 20 chapters are ready to read as of right now.
Nikola Đuza makes a compelling case for the powerful text editor that developers love (or love to hate):
What Vim is excellent at is navigating, making some changes, and repeating the process. The process most call editing (not to be confused with writing). Most developers tend to overlook this fact, but this is one of the strong selling points of Vim. Developers are more prone to reading code, jumping from file to file, making small incisions in the code, and writing code all the time.
A nice history of Vim and what it got right:
To better understand why and how Vim got (and is) so popular, it is best to look into the roots of how it all started. Before
vim, there was
ed. What are all these two or three letter words, and what is the story behind it? Let us dive in and figure out.
With VimWiki, you can organize notes and ideas, manage to-do lists, write documentation, maintain a diary, and more. Everything is exportable to HTML.
If you’re setting out to win friends and influence people with your
vim skills, you might as well do it in 3D…
Yaron Wittenstein recaps the editor holy wars then tells his personal journey with the two editors and how he found a happy place somewhere in-between:
emacs has a very popular vim emulation named evil (branded as The extensible vi layer for Emacs). I was skeptical at first but gave it a try, and surprisingly things went smooth.
Vim-clap is different than previous finders because it uses the new
floating_win (NeoVim) and
popup (Vim) interface. File lookup and switching have long been what keep me out of Vim as my daily driver (clunky UIs, slow results). Nothing beats Sublime Text in this category, in my opinion.
But this looks pretty awesome. I might have to give this a test drive and see if it wins me back.
This “Conquer[er] of Completion” is an intellisense engine for Vim 8 and Neovim which supports extension features of VS Code. I haven’t tried it yet, but the folks in our #vimparty Slack channel are pretty in to it.
Chris Thorn writing for Thoughtbot:
Lately, I’ve noticed that opening Markdown files in Vim is slow. I don’t know exactly how slow, but slow enough that I notice a pause after opening the file before I can edit it. I’m not sure why or when it started, but it’s painful enough that I want to track down and alleviate it.
I, too, have felt this pain, which is one of the reasons I no longer use Vim as my full-time coding editor. I still use it enough for its sluggishness to bug me, but not quite enough to go chasing down why it’s sluggish. This article might change my calculus on that decision.
Clearly it takes years to truly master Vim, but it takes just 9 minutes, or less depending on the speed you read at, to hear someone else’s journey with Vim. Omer Hamerman shared the “why” and “how” of Vim — plus the recipe and resources he used to learn Vim.
How did I do it? After a few brutal fights, having my fallback IDE to run back to crying with the tail between my legs, I made a decision. Here’s how I did it:
- Got a nice small notebook I could carry around
- I bought the awesome Practical Vim by Drew Neil both in hardcover and for my iPad to read on the move
- Every night before going to bed, I read one tip — the book is very intelligently built like that for easy, slow studying…
I’ve been using Vim for eight years and am still discovering new things. This is usually seen as a Good Thing About Vim. In my head, though, it’s a failing of discoverability: I keep discovering new things because Vim makes it so hard to know what’s available.
Vim definitely has a discoverability problem, which is why posts like this one are so valuable and get shared around by people like us.
Notational Velocity is a note-taking app where searching for a note and creating one are the same operation. You search for a query, and if no note matches, it creates a new note with that query as the title.
We’re talking all things text mode with Lucas da Costa — we logged his post “How I’m still not using GUIs in 2019” a guide focused on making the terminal your IDE. We talked through his Terminal starter pack which includes: neovim, tmux, iterm2, and zsh by way of oh-my-zsh, his rules for learning vim, the awesomeness of CLI’s, and the pros and cons of graphical and plain text editors.