Ok…so VIM (born in 1991) is not exactly new…at least its not new to students who have done TELE301 in the past. If you have never used Linux before, its quite hard to get your head around it at first. I still remember the first time I saw VIM in the Tele301 lab…my first impression was:
This is the Text Editor from HELL!!!
But once you put a little time and effort into it…discovering tips and tricks, its not that bad after all 🙂
Last week, after seeing a few of my friends using VIM for the first time in the INFO404 lab, I thought I should write a post on it so they can pick up the basics and work more comfortability with it asap.
Reading about VIM is one thing, actually using it is another. If you just want to know the basic commands asap so you can get on with your work, you should really give the VIM Tutor a try:
Step 0: Open up Terminal.
Step 1: Type in vimtutor, you should get:
The screen shot above is taken from Mac OS X Leopard’s terminal, your terminal window might look differently from mine.