re: Vim for starters - the minimum you need to know VIEW POST


Why in God's name, will I sacrifice the comfort of a modern text editor like sublime text, for an outdated, ugly, and complicated text editor?

Definitely my first reaction too 😄


Vim's plugins are what make it useful for me. I usually work in an IDE, but for a few things, I'll open a terminal, navigate to the file, and then use vim for a small change. One such plugin that is invaluable is vimawesome.com/plugin/vim-easy-align. With a handful of keystrokes, I can align an enormous block of lines with, say, the = sign on each line.


also my first reaction.
and also the last. :))


Asking such question to those who use vim for a couple of years does not make any sense. Why? Knowing vim enough will completely change your mind, believe me! To me, it sounds like someone who uses java arguing why people like using python. After becoming used to modal editing and some powerful features like global commands and text-objects I can say that I will never use another editor.


Maybe. One day you'll be sysadmin, and you will need to edit a config file in a terminal. This could happen to you. Expect the unexpected.


This day is here for any developer working with docker and needs to troubleshoot a running container :)


As soon as you have Git installed on Windows and are required to make changes not supported by your GUI, as soon as you commit your changes, you will be confronted with vim, because it is the default editor. Yes, you can change the default editor or you can then commit on the GUI, but that would be, im my opinion, counterproductive.
Also, as soon as you start with Containers (like Dockers), you have no GUI. If you don't use volumes, you probably can work by copying files back and forth, but that is also not really useful. So therefore, a basic knowledge of vim is always helpful.


Sorry but this comment looks anything but constructive.

Not only vi is an important historical editor (as emacs), but it is also available on almost any linux/bsd server or embedded os which becomes even more important in current IoT area.

Oh I forgot... it's also natively on windows now

Sure, Sublime, WebStorm, VS Code, plenty IDE or modern text editor can be preferred on day to day basis development. But such simple tutorial should not be denigrated as you sure will be happy to know those basis one day.


Eh, when I get stuck working on something remotely and am forced to use something for a quick patch, I'll just use nano.

Heck, I even got a workflow set up where I can edit remote files locally using VS Code (using this solution: codepen.io/ginfuru/post/remote-edi...)

Between these two methods, I really don't need to learn Vim or Emacs. I've given Emacs (via spacemacs) a fair trial, but honestly, some of us just prefer a GUI Text Editor and the ability to use a mouse on occasion :/

Saying that you can also use nano, or or scp to edit locally, can be a constructive comment. :-)

But even with that, it doesn't means that:

  • knowing about vim is useless
  • writing a vim tuto is a waste of time

I don't get the point to go reading let's say a Webstorm tutorial and comment "Hey! this tuto is shit, just use VS Code it's free..."
The title clearly states what the content is about, read it if your interested, add hints about other solutions if you want, but DON'T DENIGRATE, otherwise your just trolling

I'm more comfortable with vim than with nano...
I occasionally use SCP to edit remote JSON configs locally
I like very much VS Code
I mainly use Webstorm at work.

That's me, I won't denigrate nano or any editor, neither tutorial about any of them

Any tuto about any editor is interesting

Are we reading the same comment here? I don't see anything that indicates the tutorial is useless. It's just a joke.

My reply was initially against that reaction:

Why in God's name, will I sacrifice the comfort of a modern text editor like sublime text, for an outdated, ugly, and complicated text editor?

The comment looks to have been deleted but the quote from Ben Halpern on which I replied remains here.

In short it is saying: "Vim sucks (outdated, ugly, complicated). Hey everyone use other things (like sublime), so don't bother with this tuto..."

The blog post isn't asking anyone to change its editor, it is just providing a tutorial.

Maybe I over-reacted a little, but way too much often we see such comments with for main effect to discourage people to share their experiences and bring their contributions (tuto, tools, bug reports) to the community.

So no for me, it is not that much a "joke"

That was the beginning of the article.....


Mine was "How in Torvalds' name, do I exit this thing?"

4 years later, happy to report I am a Vimmer.

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