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Vim vs Light Table: What are the differences?

Developers describe Vim as "Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing". Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware. On the other hand, Light Table is detailed as "It features real-time feedback allowing instant execution, debugging and access to documentation". It is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It gives real time feedback on the changes you make to your code, and shows how data values flow through your entire program. As such, it doesn't just provide the answers, but instead helps you understand why the answers are what they are.

Vim and Light Table can be categorized as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Vim are:

  • Vertically Split Windows
  • Vimdiff
  • Folding

On the other hand, Light Table provides the following key features:

  • Free and open source
  • Cross-platform
  • Lightweight
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Pros of Light Table
Pros of Vim
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    • 346
      Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
    • 326
      Fast
    • 311
      Highly configurable
    • 297
      Less mouse dependence
    • 246
      Lightweight
    • 144
      Speed
    • 99
      Plugins
    • 96
      Hardcore
    • 81
      It's for pros
    • 65
      Vertically split windows
    • 29
      Open-source
    • 25
      Modal editing
    • 22
      No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
    • 21
      It stood the Test of Time
    • 16
      Unicode
    • 13
      Everything is on the keyboard
    • 13
      Stick with terminal
    • 12
      Dotfiles
    • 12
      VimPlugins
    • 11
      Flexible Indenting
    • 10
      Efficient and powerful
    • 10
      Hands stay on the keyboard
    • 10
      Programmable
    • 9
      Large number of Shortcuts
    • 9
      Everywhere
    • 8
      A chainsaw for text editing
    • 8
      Unmatched productivity
    • 7
      Modal editing changes everything
    • 7
      Super fast
    • 7
      Developer speed
    • 7
      Because its not Emacs
    • 6
      You cannot exit
    • 6
      Themes
    • 6
      Makes you a true bearded developer
    • 5
      Intergrated into most editors
    • 5
      Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
    • 5
      Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
    • 5
      Habit
    • 5
      Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
    • 5
      Great on large text files
    • 5
      Shortcuts
    • 5
      EasyMotion
    • 4
      Perfect command line editor
    • 4
      Intuitive, once mastered
    • 1
      Not MicroSoft

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    Cons of Light Table
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      • 8
        Ugly UI
      • 5
        Hard to learn

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      What is Light Table?

      It is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It gives real time feedback on the changes you make to your code, and shows how data values flow through your entire program. As such, it doesn't just provide the answers, but instead helps you understand why the answers are what they are.

      What is Vim?

      Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.

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