Skip to main content

Vim 7: Lovin' It

I finally installed Vim 7. I also took the time to install various plugins. Here are some things that are making me happy:
  • Honest to goodness, real tabs.
  • Auto-completion and built-in documentation lookup for many different programming languages.
  • Editing files and browsing directories remotely over scp works.
  • Subversion integration via the vcscommand plugin is helpful.
  • Vim is still charityware which makes me proud to use it.
Vim is still my favorite editor because I truly believe that its style of keybindings is faster for experts. Furthermore, it has one of the strongest and most flexible syntax highlighting systems:
  • It supports a ton of languages by default.
  • It does well with files that mix languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • It doesn't get confused by Python strings such as """He said, "hi"!""" ;)
I code in a lot of languages, and I love that Vim is consistent and helpful.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi jj,
Congrats on the launch.

Any more info on Vim? What plugins are you using? I'm learning python and returning to vi(m) after a long absence. It would be great if there was a plugin that could 'auto' fold.

My eyes are telling me to buy a hardcopy version of a vim manual. I wonder if there are any plans to update it, or can you point to any good sources of info?
Cheers, John
CARFIELD said…
I only use the basic vi function from VIM and don't know anything that you've talk about...

Would you point me some link/blog that teach people using these features?
jjinux said…
I've created a new post to respond to these two comments.

Popular posts from this blog

Ubuntu 20.04 on a 2015 15" MacBook Pro

I decided to give Ubuntu 20.04 a try on my 2015 15" MacBook Pro. I didn't actually install it; I just live booted from a USB thumb drive which was enough to try out everything I wanted. In summary, it's not perfect, and issues with my camera would prevent me from switching, but given the right hardware, I think it's a really viable option. The first thing I wanted to try was what would happen if I plugged in a non-HiDPI screen given that my laptop has a HiDPI screen. Without sub-pixel scaling, whatever scale rate I picked for one screen would apply to the other. However, once I turned on sub-pixel scaling, I was able to pick different scale rates for the internal and external displays. That looked ok. I tried plugging in and unplugging multiple times, and it didn't crash. I doubt it'd work with my Thunderbolt display at work, but it worked fine for my HDMI displays at home. I even plugged it into my TV, and it stuck to the 100% scaling I picked for the othe

ERNOS: Erlang Networked Operating System

I've been reading Dreaming in Code lately, and I really like it. If you're not a dreamer, you may safely skip the rest of this post ;) In Chapter 10, "Engineers and Artists", Alan Kay, John Backus, and Jaron Lanier really got me thinking. I've also been thinking a lot about Minix 3 , Erlang , and the original Lisp machine . The ideas are beginning to synthesize into something cohesive--more than just the sum of their parts. Now, I'm sure that many of these ideas have already been envisioned within Tunes.org , LLVM , Microsoft's Singularity project, or in some other place that I haven't managed to discover or fully read, but I'm going to blog them anyway. Rather than wax philosophical, let me just dump out some ideas: Start with Minix 3. It's a new microkernel, and it's meant for real use, unlike the original Minix. "This new OS is extremely small, with the part that runs in kernel mode under 4000 lines of executable code.&quo

Haskell or Erlang?

I've coded in both Erlang and Haskell. Erlang is practical, efficient, and useful. It's got a wonderful niche in the distributed world, and it has some real success stories such as CouchDB and jabber.org. Haskell is elegant and beautiful. It's been successful in various programming language competitions. I have some experience in both, but I'm thinking it's time to really commit to learning one of them on a professional level. They both have good books out now, and it's probably time I read one of those books cover to cover. My question is which? Back in 2000, Perl had established a real niche for systems administration, CGI, and text processing. The syntax wasn't exactly beautiful (unless you're into that sort of thing), but it was popular and mature. Python hadn't really become popular, nor did it really have a strong niche (at least as far as I could see). I went with Python because of its elegance, but since then, I've coded both p