How To Think Like A Vimer04 Aug 2012
SO this post isn’t going to help all of you Textmate, Textmate2, SublimeText, emacs, or nano nerds out there. Nope, it is just for the good ole folks who have their shit together and use the wonder that is Vi or Vim. I haven’t written a whole lot on the subject in a while; however, plan on something a little more noob friendly sometime soon.
When you pick up a piece of actual paper, you know the scary stuff that exists in real life, do you think of how you build your sentences? Moreover, do you think about how to navigate back through them if you need to edit anything when you are finished? I am going to go out on a limb and say that most people have never expired one thought on these concepts.
Why? When it comes to the bulk of our verbal creation these days, we are sitting on a computer and we need to navigate in between a myriad of lines and words to edit whatever we are working on. If this is true, why don’t we take the time to sit down and think of the most effective way to get from point A to point B? Here is a test:
- Sit down at your computer and pull up(in your editor-du jour) some prose
- Look at how the editor structures the text, look at the line breaks, the spacing, how many words are placed on a line, etc.
- Place the cursor anywhere on the page, this will be your start point
- Find a place that needs editing, maybe it is a misspelled word, bad punctuation, whatever
- Lasty, figure out how to get there without using the mouse and with as few keystrokes as humanly possible.
This is how a vimer does it. Also I am not too sure it is “Vimer” or “Vimmer”.