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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?

Companies
1264 companies reportedly use Vim in their tech stacks, including Lyft, Stack, and Ruangguru.

Developers
11357 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Vim.

Vim Integrations

.NET Core, TSLint, WakaTime, Kite, and cdnjs are some of the popular tools that integrate with Vim. Here's a list of all 21 tools that integrate with Vim.
Private Decisions at about Vim

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by members of with Vim in their tech stack.

Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare | 12 upvotes 246.2K views

I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

  • your fingers literally don鈥檛 ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
  • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
  • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won鈥檛 need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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Mike Miller
Mike Miller
at Millsoft | 1 upvotes 13 views
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I use vim mostly when I am working via ssh, this is not my main editor but I like to work with it anyways. Vim

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I use vi constantly. I don't know any better, or worse. Vim

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Neil Ellis
Neil Ellis
at Cazcade | 1 upvotes 0 views
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For when I just need to quickly edit something Vim

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Darren Buse
Darren Buse
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Tool a while to get used to but one of the best things I have learnt recently, great training from Drew Neil over at VimCasts. Vim

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John Manoogian III
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vim 眉ber alles! Vim

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Public Decisions about Vim

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Vim in their tech stack.

Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare | 12 upvotes 246.2K views

I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

  • your fingers literally don鈥檛 ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
  • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
  • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won鈥檛 need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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Denys
Denys
Software engineer at Typeform | 9 upvotes 122.4K views
  • 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
  • @Archlinux (wtf it's not here?!) because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human's central nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
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Martin Delille
Martin Delille
Scout/Lead dev/Teacher/UX at Lylo Media Group | 4 upvotes 8K views
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I use Vim for text/code editing because when you starting understanding how it works (it take some time but it's worthy) you just fall in love with the tool!

The big advantage is that you can edit a text file anywhere if you are working in the unix environment (it may be possible to use it elsewhere also).

The configuration can be easily setup if you are using a dotfiles repository like mine: https://github.com/MartinDelille/dotfiles.

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Gustavo Mu帽oz
Gustavo Mu帽oz
Web UI Developer at Globant | 3 upvotes 107.8K views

I have chosen Visual Studio Code after testing a lot of other editors like Atom, Sublime Text (with legal license), Vim or even Notepad++ because it is the sum of all their virtues and none of their defects. It's fast, it has all the tools and plugins I need to work, and it's pretty and very good optimized. It has what I need to work and nothing more. And the main plugins works like a charm. Developing for React or Flutter is amazing. Even the TypeScript plugin works great. I like how IntelliSense works, and all the extra tools to code remotely using #ssh, access #RESTfulAPI or event manage projects or collaborating remotely. Thanks #Microsoft for Visual Studio Code.

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare | 3 upvotes 32.4K views

This is the third Stack Decision of this series. You can read the last one to catch up (link below).

Josh is a machine. He cranked out the rewrite of the site and as well as the Amazon S3 syncing/permissions/content-type scripts in less than a week (with a full time job + 2 small kids at the time). The new site had/has a section where you could try out all of the Bootswatch themes on our site and while it might sound silly, it showed me that he goes above and beyond and I totally lucked out.

Anyway, Josh decided to go with Node.js, ExpressJS, Jade (now called Pug), and configs with #yaml, all things I have read about but never used in production. I quickly found out Josh was a Vim user (still is), because every Jade file he worked on had //- vim: ft=jade sw=4 sts=4 et: at the bottom.

Everything was running smoothly, I was encouraged by David (co-founder from part 1) to take a vacation. I took him up on that. Unfortunately, my timing couldn鈥檛 have been worse. More on that in part 4.

AMA below 馃憞

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Wesly Nouse
Wesly Nouse
Owner at Absolum | 2 upvotes 42.5K views
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We use Neovim because it is the most productive and fastest text-editor/IDE available. We chose Neovim over Vim because of the community behind it. We prefer the vision of Neovim of that of Vim. To stay productive across multiple machines on any OS Neovim is the only solution that we see fit.

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Vim's Features

  • Vertically Split Windows
  • Vimdiff
  • Folding
  • Plugins
  • Flexible Indenting
  • Unicode

Vim Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Vim?
Emacs
GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor鈥攁nd more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
Neovim
Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.
Atom
At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
Notepad++
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
Sublime Text
Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.
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