For years I’ve been rather proud of the fact that I’m a total polyglot when it
comes to editors. I’m comfortable on both sides of the fence, using Emacs, Vi,
TextMate, EditPlus, or even the venerable /bin/ed whenever that makes sense.
But for the first time in a long time, my current (awesome! :)) job at Blue
State Digital has given me the opportunity to
branch out and do quite a bit of real software development.
I first encountered TextMate shortly after I came to OSX. It’s a great editor,
and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Alan Odegard of Macromates
software. He has just about single handedly created not only an amazing
editor, but a vibrant and loyal community around his program, and he’s to be
commended for that.
I would have remained happy in TextMate land, but for the fact that my most
recent job has me going back to where it all started for me – server side UNIX,
Linux to be exact.
So, I editing files on my Mac using Expandrive to remotely mount them, but
quite frankly that’s a pain in the neck I just don’t need to deal with.
With Vim, I can memorize one set of keystrokes for everywhere I might need to
And with MacVim, I get a nicely streamlined, beautifully Aqua-fied interface,
with all the creature comforts TextMate provides and more.
What’s more, there are a number of folks making the same transition, so there
are some excellent articles and websites out there to ease the transition like
this guide on making the
the excellent VimCasts series of Vim tutorial screen
casts. They cover everything from the basics to some fairly advanced tips and
tricks on more complex Vim modes and integrations, and is written by a TextMate
to Vim switcher.
Right now I’m writing this post on the excellent
VimRePress plugin for
Vim that allows you to author and manage your WordPress blog right from within
the editor! Very sweet 🙂
So, it’s a brave new world, and I’m excited by the opportunity to get
really good at Vim so I can push my editing productivity through the roof