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It's all cool and geekish but in real world any other modern editor is just more practical and productive. There is absolutely no point to learn billion of shortcuts for basic stuff. Writing code is not about typing, that part of coding takes like 20% of work and most of it doesn't require vim-like spell casting on the text.

It is more than enough to have editor like Atom or VS Code which you can extend with plugins at your need. There are plenty stuff to learn in modern programming, why would you add on top of that learning a whole vocabulary of unnecessary shortcuts which won't even benefit you much.


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A modern editor is definitely more practical because they typically have a great user experience from the get-go and you don't need to configure anything to get started. In my experience using a modern editor in combination with vim (a vim plugin) is amazing. You don't need to learn a billion shortcuts right away, you go learning them one by one as you go, normally when you feel the pain and wonder "there's got to be a better way to do this".

Even if 20% of our work is writing code (we don't need to debate that), I prefer that 20% to be frictionless, and vim allows me to be extremely adept at writing and changing code, so that I can express whatever is in my head in code in a fast and smooth way. If we all have a finite amount of keystrokes in our lifetimes, vim allows me to make them count :D. Then there's also the pride and joy of being very good at what you do.

Whether vim itself is better than a modern editor that's something that I haven't figured out yet. For me there's a couple of things I haven't been able to make work properly with vim yet: One thing is aesthetics and the other is statement completion to the level of TypeScript in VSCode.

There's a deeper thread in this article which transcends Vim. The thread is to master your tools and become proficient at whichever editor you use. Vim somewhat guides/forces you in that direction, because of its keyboard centered nature, its necessary configurability and its culture of extensibility.


It’s not about learning shortcuts, it’s about productivity and focus. But you can only understand this once you start using it.


Yep :) There's things you just need to try yourself before you can understand them.

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