I agree it is much faster, although I felt the speedup does not completely outweighs the other things VSCode has, like a debugger, and the huge ecosystem of quality extensions. If you work with technology like TypeScript VSCode makes it really nice with all the functionality provided by the language server. Overall I could jump into a file with vim and edit away, I do this with documentation (in markdown) and git workflows a lot. For navigating a large codebase and figuring out what I need to do I would open VSCode/WebStorm.
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