Getting familiar with Vim

Ages ago, i have written a blog post about a homework. After a long time, i decided to give another shot to blogging, and start over.

This post is going to be about Vim, the interestingly powerful text editor..

As a Computer Science major, i have always been interested in *NIX systems, and fancied those hackers who use terminals for everything, you know the green font color on black background…

I’ve heard about Vim, being a powerful text editor and that once you get used to it, and use its power, you won’t need any other text editor. So i thought learning Vim should be my first step…

1. Installing Vim

I’m using Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, and luckily, it’s very easy to install Vim on Ubuntu.

Simply, open a terminal and write :

sudo apt-get install vim


2. Vim’s Tutorial

Vim comes with its great tutorial, and manuals and references and everything! Don’t get lazy, spend some time and complete this tutorial. You won’t regret it!

Type :


on the terminal, and spend some time reading, and following the instructions.


3. Something I’d say about Vim

There aren’t many things to say, nearly everything is included in the tutorial comes with Vim. After completing the tutorial, it’s still going to be challenging to get used to Vim. Some people think that it has a steep learning curve, but after you use it for a while, you get to write/edit code at the speeds of lightnings, and leave the graphical editors never to return.

It was fun to use Vim, and i’m definitely going to keep using it.


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