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.
Vim is a tool in the Text Editor category of a tech stack.
Who uses Vim?
1550 companies reportedly use Vim in their tech stacks, including CRED, Tech Stack, and Lyft.
24243 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Vim.
.NET Core, TSLint, Pylint, CodeMirror, and Apache FreeMarker are some of the popular tools that integrate with Vim. Here's a list of all 35 tools that integrate with Vim.
Pros of Vim
Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
Less mouse dependence
It's for pros
Vertically split windows
No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
It stood the Test of Time
Everything is on the keyboard
Stick with terminal
Hands stay on the keyboard
Efficient and powerful
Large number of Shortcuts
A chainsaw for text editing
Makes you a true bearded developer
Because its not Emacs
Modal editing changes everything
You cannot exit
Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
Intergrated into most editors
Great on large text files
Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
Intuitive, once mastered
Perfect command line editor
Decisions about Vim
Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Vim in their tech stack.
- Go because it's easy and simple, facilitates collaboration , and also it's fast, scalable, powerful.
- Visual Studio Code because it has one of the most sophisticated Go language support plugins.
- Vim because it's Vim
- Git because it's Git
- Docker and Docker Compose because it's quick and easy to have reproducible builds/tests with them
- Arch Linux because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
- Stack Overflow because of Copy-Paste Driven Development
- PhpStorm because it saves me like 300 "Ctrl+F" key strokes a minute
- cURL because terminal all the way
May 8 2015 at 4:27PM
- Vertically Split Windows
- Flexible Indenting
Vim Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Vim?
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