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Vim Proverbs

Tidbits of wisdom from greybeards.

  • It is a text editor, not an IDE
  • It probably has that feature built in
  • Move with deliberate purpose
  • The documentation is better than you imagine
  • HJKL is not an important part of vim navigation
  • Project drawers conflict with split windows, favor splits
  • Visual clutter saps mental energy
  • Use plugins sparingly
  • Navigate by tags and search, not files
  • If it feels hard, there is probably a better way
  • You should understand every line in your vimrc
  • UI "tabs" are probably not what you expect
  • Don't seek mastery, seek proficiency

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