Vim / Neovim Articles

How to exit Vim

I’m sick and fucking tired of being asked if the reason that I use vim (currently using nvim) is because I can’t figure out how to exit. I get it, you saw some stupid shit on Stack Overflow and you think everybody that uses vim is incapable of knowing how […]

Will Vim die with Bram Moolenaar?

I really, really really want to love nvim. Yet another go with it this past week and I’m still not convinced it’s ready for me. With that, I do agree that it’s the future of vim. Development still seems to be moving quickly and in the right direction, but as […]

Set Vim background based on your terminal's background color

I’ve been spending more time at the pool lately (sorry, not sorry) and I’ve found myself manually switching between a light and a dark gnome-terminal theme. This was all well and good, but my .vimrc includes set background=dark so regardless of which theme I’m using in the terminal, vim has […]

How to tell if your shell is a subshell of Vim

If you’re like me, you use Vim. If you’re like me, you use :sh[ell]. If you’re like me, you forget that you used :sh and open Vim again. I’ve been getting better about it, but every once in a while I end up with 2 or 3 nested Vim processes […]

Switching to Vim from Neovim

I’ve been a Vim user for the better part of the last 20 years. I’m also not blind to the fact that there are other editors out there. I’m usually the first person to download a copy of some new editor and/or IDE and give it a whirl, always running […]

Stop over configuring Vim

Over the year, I’ve waxed and waned with the size of my .vimrc. In the early days, it was trim but so was my knowledge of Vim. Once I learned how to disable my arrow keys, I started to configure more and more. It wasn’t until I fully understood the […]

Set Vim tab spacing based on the type of file

Now that my buddy Justin is back to using vim, he’s been flooding me with questions. Loljk, but he did ask about setting the tab spacing based on the type of file he was working with. Incidentally, this was something I had just improved in my dotfiles. Back before I […]

Improving my Vim experience

I love Vim but the fact is I’ve been soul searching for a new editor because I am starting to think I am missing out on things. I decided to put together a list of issues that I have with Vim so that I can work towards imprioving my Vim […]

The importance of code editor proficiency

Hi, my name is Josh and I am a Vim addict. I have been for quite a while now, nearly 15 years by my estimates. I love everything about it but in all honesty, I have only really started to get “good” with it in the last couple of years. […]

PHP 5.5 syntax highlighting for Vim

Now that I’m using PHP 5.5 I’m finding that my Vim syntax highlighting is a bit off. After some digging around I found a syntax file that was updated to PHP 5.5 RC1 but hasn’t been updated since. In true hacker fashion I went ahead and forked the project and […]