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Learning Vim because it's 20 Years Old

Monday, November 21st 2011 2:26pm

I was perusing my RSS aggregator and stumbled across Vector Storm's birthday wish to vim, a grandfather of text editors. I can't think of another piece of software that has changed so little over 20 years and is still so commonplace. Kind of neat.

I just started learning how to use vim a couple months ago. I'm a windows guy, but, at the office I've been working in, I am surrounded by terminal nerds. Not the command window that's a crude doppelganger of DOS, but a proper bash terminal. I didn't even know such a thing was an intrinsic element to the OSX series. So I'm not running terminal vim; I'm running gvim for windows because I am a g.

I imagine everything is pretty much the same between OSes. Of course, except for the lack of simple terminal commands. Windows doesn't grep. gVim comes with it's own version of it, but it's remarkably slow, and (perhaps I'm an idiot) the search has to be ran again every time you open a file in the found list. So, if I'm going to search through a ton of files for a string of text, I regress to my trusty, rusty old friend TextPad to do the job.

For the most part, I really like it. There is a learning curve. I've got the basics, but I really should start spending a minute or two perusing the shortcut list before I start a work day. I'm definitely far from reaching true potential with vim.

posted by Langel

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