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Welcome to the #vim edition! Vim is the ubiquitous command line text editor. If you’re an old school command line hacker, you’ve probably fought on one side or the other of the editor war between emacs and vim. Many developer focused apps include “vim bindings” – that is, being able to use common vim key commands “bound” to the interface and editing functions of the app. This vim cheat sheet has everything – including translations into many other languages.
The Vim Clutch
Boing Boing describes how vim is used as part of the background of explaining the “vim clutch”:
When you’re coding in Vim, you generally never touch the trackpad or mouse; everything is done with the keyboard. Indeed, your hands don’t even move around very much on the keyboard, because Vim doesn’t even use the arrow keys. To move the cursor left by one character, for example, hit the “h” key. The “l” key moves you one character right, “k” takes you up one line, “j” down one line.
Boing Boing, The Vim Clutch
Since the letters are used to move the cursor and other commands, you need to switch modes between typing and controlling, which is usually done with the escape key. Hence, the vim clutch, as described and pictured on Twitter by @pomeranian99:
Why I use Vim
Jonathan Warner has a page explaining why he uses Vim, which contains a series of GIFs showcasing commands and what he uses them for. Here’s an example of converting HTML to JSON by recording and repeating one conversion:
Vim in the Future, Nov 2018
What I want to contribute to the conversation about Vim, in this late year of 2018, is what role it still plays in a world that is technologically rushing by
I have learned Vim as a programming-centric tool, but I use it for other tasks, too. This post assumes a reader isn’t necessarily a programmer but is curious about how tech things get done.
Vim is old. It’s a program that was originally written for the Amiga operating system, first available in 1991. The even older program it emulates,
vi, began in 1976 and was available in 1979. Vim has become the most common implementation of
vicurrently in use today, as Vim has become compatible with the vast majority of computers in existence.
Vim, like many other developer tools, has high “hackability” – it can be customized for individual user preferences, and extended with plugins.
vimwiki is a plugin that embeds a personal wiki engine into your Vim editor. You can use its own vimwiki syntax, Markdown, or Mediawiki as the wiki markup language. You can create wiki links and then new pages are created automatically, all without leaving your editor.
Running these two commands got vmwiki installed for us:
git clone https://github.com/vimwiki/vimwiki.git ~/.vim/pack/plugins/start/vimwiki # to generate documentation i.e. ':h vimwiki' vim -c 'helptags ~/.vim/pack/plugins/start/vimwiki/doc' -c quit
As well as maintaining your own local notes, you can export to HTML, which of course makes it a good fit for publishing with Fission
And one non-Vim link to round things out
UtahFS is a state-of-the art encrypted storage solution, meant to be similar to Dropbox. It has a FUSE binding that creates a synthetic drive on the user’s computer that they can interact with like an external hard-drive. Files stored in the drive are uploaded to a cloud storage provider, which means the drive will never run out of space and minimizes the likelihood of any files being lost. However the files are encrypted such that the cloud storage provider knows almost nothing about what’s being stored.
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