vim for people who would rather not use vim

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at bluesunhosting.com
Mon Jan 28 17:51:35 MST 2013


On 26 Jan 2013, at 07:13, Stuart Jansen wrote:

> On Sat, 2013-01-26 at 00:18 -0700, Dave Smith wrote:
>> On Jan 25, 2013, at 11:39 PM, Tod Hansmann wrote:
>> 
>>> Pedantic stuff like "you can't move with hjkl keys" aside,
>> 
>> Call me a pedant, but this is foundational to Vim's greatness in my view.
> 
> I would argue that true vim enlightenment is not achieved until you're
> rarely using hjkl for movement. Instead search to move (/ or ? followed
> by n or N) then take bigger steps using non-character-based movement. By
> that I mean mostly: wb0^% but if you're editing prose it can also be
> handy to use: (){}. And that just the basics, I still haven't trained
> myself to use awesome movement commands like %.
> 
> Rapid movement is one of the things that makes Vim the best general
> purpose editors, but it's still just the tip of the iceberg. I can't
> live without the dot command. Anything less than infinite undo is
> crippled. I can't count the number of times I've taken advantage of
> persistent yank buffers. Oh, and let's not forget how useful vertical
> block mode can be. And that just the things I came up with in 30 seconds
> without tapping into my spinal column to remember what else I love about
> Vim.
> 
> Okay c<motion>. Can't live without it. But really, I've got to stop
> 'cause this could take the next half hour and I only consider myself an
> intermediate Vim user.
> 

I sense a PLUG presentation on Zen and the art of vim-fu.


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