What is vim and why would you want to use it over notepad++ or another text editor?
Vim is a text editor that’s popular with programmers because it allows users to make and execute quick edits on any line of text in the file, while keeping the changes they make available. Although notepad++ is free, vim can be used across multiple platforms and will likely cost less. Some problems Vim solves: opening, editing and saving files.
“I prefer to use vim. It is a text editor that can be used like notepad++. However, I’ve had an easier time using it then notepad++ and I’ve been using it for at least six months now.” – matveymb, programmer
Some of the advantages of Vim include: easy learning curve; multiple documented plugins; ability to edit text quickly in a large file; easy portability because it can be used across any platform without compatibility issues.
Many features of Vim make it a top choice among programmers:
How do you install and use vim on your computer?
Installation on a Mac computer can be done in a few different ways. The first is to download “macvim” file from the sourceforge page. This will give you a compressed file and you will have to uncompress it before you are able to install. The next way is to use the MacPort, which allows a lot more control over which parts of the program are installed and also allows you to choose if you would like a gui or terminal version.
For installation on a Windows computer, you can install using the Installer available on the Vim website. You will have to accept a license agreement in order to install.
Once installation is complete, Vim will be ready for use. To start it type “vim” from the terminal/command prompt or double click on the ‘vim’ file on your desktop.
What are some of the features that make vim a more powerful editor than notepad++ (or other text editors)?
All in all, vim is a very competent editor and a lot of programmers like it. The question is why. It’s not that vim has many more features than notepad++, but rather that it uses a different paradigm. I’m going to talk about some of the features of vim that make it powerful:
modal editing – You can switch modes between “command mode” and “text mode.”
# regex searches – You can search for patterns and do replacements on them.
syntax highlighting – The editor colors the text in reaction to its syntax so you know what language you’re looking at. This is a huge advantage over many other text editors because it lets you know what the code you’re looking at does. Syntax highlighting is often not available in notepad++, and it’s a more powerful feature than any of the other ones.
How do you customize vim to work the way you want it to work?
this is a very important question and I recommend you to read about my answer for this to know what I am talking about! 🙂
First of all what is vim?
vim is a powerful text editor that can be used to edit any text document in the world (although it’s not designed for any specific programming language). It has an extensive plugin library to customize your experience. Why would you want to customize vim? Mainly because it allows each user to have his or her own approach and customized settings, which makes it easier for them and allows them to work at their own pace.
This article covers some tips and tricks on how to achieve this customization with Vim.
The first step is installing the following plugins:
– vim-surround (easy handling of parentheses, quotes, tags and many more).
– ctrlp.vim (a file explorer plugin)
Are there any disadvantages to using vim instead of notepad++ or another text editor?
As stated in 1, there is always going to be a learning curve when it comes to anything new. the good thing is that vim slowly becomes second nature to you over time. however, there is no way that notepad++ can compete with vim in terms of overall functionality (Vim comes with some very reliable plugins for example) and customizability, the latter of which is a big thing for me.
the biggest downside, however, is the fact that vim can be a bit overwhelming to new users (which was my case at one point), and some people may be turned off by it. you really have to sit down and learn about how everything works, and there’s no real way around that. throwing keyboard shortcuts at you without any real information behind them will only make things worse. the nice thing about vim is that it’s completely open source, which means that you can always change the keyboard shortcuts to whatever you want.