The vim editor is based on the venerable vi editor, which dates from the very
early days of Unix. Many persons find it intimidating for the absence of a
menu bar, a terse command set that is very much its own, and its "modal"
Nevertheless, under its plain surface is a powerful and versatile tool. Frank
Bell describes his five steps to learning to use and love vim.
Use a .vimrc file.
Train yourself to change modes.
Learn and use a few basic commands. These should be enough to get you
going: x, dd, dw (to delete text); cw (change a work); yy ("yank" or copy a
line); p and P (to paste text); u (undo); w ("write") or save text; q (quit vim).
Don't force yourself to move the cursor with the h-j-k-l keys if that doesn't feel natural.
Use the arrow keys.
Comment #1 posted on 2015-03-31 11:18:49 by zloster
The first two links in the notes have a broken href value: .
Comment #2 posted on 2015-03-31 12:31:28 by Dave Morriss
Re: Small problem
Comment #3 posted on 2015-03-31 18:56:47 by Dave Morriss
This was enjoyable. A good way to help people nervous about Vim get past the first hurdles.
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