Andrey Polischuk

Why do I use Vim?

This article in vim
Vim is amazing. I use it to write code, text notes, check lists. I use it to write this article. I use Vim everytime and everywhere.

Previously I was happy using Sublime and Atom. They were perfect until I have tried Vim in December 2015. I effort to use it for all my needs for a whole week. I couldn’t get used to its ideas and came back to Atom. But I didn’t like it anymore. At the same time I continued to use Vim for small tasks: edit configs, things over ssh.

I removed Atom and moved to Vim completely in April 2016. And now I don’t want back absolutely. Vim is the best editor I have ever used.

  1. It allows me to use terminal things and edit text in one place.

  2. It allows me to use one enviroment configuration on all platforms. One Vim, zsh, aliases on laptop, virtual servers, anywhere.

  3. It’s open sourced and regularly updated.

  4. It’s a modal and have reach shortkeys mostly without ctrl/alt prefix. I am glad every time using ya{ combination to copy JavaScript object with surrounding curly braces.

  5. It starts extremely fast and uses less resources than Atom or most other editors and IDE.

  6. It’s customizable by plugins: syntax highlighting, color schemes, tools.

My setup

I don’t use custom key bingings. I think the built-in ones are good. I prefer a simple configuration, but use some plugins for increase productivity:

…and few others tools and plugins. You can find my full Vim configuration in dotfiles repo on GitHub.