get­ting started with Vim

Linux User & Developer - - Tutorial -

Us­ing Vim can be daunt­ing and even if you do de­cide to give it a try, it’s easy to give up quickly be­cause the learn­ing curve is so steep. So, what is the best way to learn Vim and stick with it? A good place to start is Vim’s own tu­to­rial, launched with vim­tu­tor. The tu­to­rial will teach you ev­ery­thing you need to know to use Vim as an all-pur­pose ed­i­tor, but of course can’t cover ev­ery­thing! The tu­to­rial is de­signed to take 25-30 min­utes to com­plete. Af­ter you’ve mas­tered the tu­to­rial, start us­ing Vim in anger, with­out any plug-ins. You can use the .vimrc file to con­fig­ure them­ing, syn­tax high­light­ing and other fea­tures to suit your pref­er­ences. Af­ter run­ning like this for a pe­riod of time, you’ll be ready to start dip­ping your toe in the wa­ter when it comes to plug-ins. Vim 8 has na­tive plug-in pack­age load­ing, but the process is still, of course, rather ba­sic. Avoid get­ting too car­ried away ini­tially, just in­stall in­ter­est­ing look­ing pack­ages in­di­vid­u­ally. You’ll have Vim tuned to your needs in no time!

above When you mas­ter it, the speed of edit­ing with Vim is un­beat­able. Use the built-in tu­to­rial to get you started

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