How did I choose Vim

I am now a huge fan of Vim, and I’m gonna dedicate some of the first posts of this brand new blog on that subject. First, I’m gonna answer the question “How did I choose Vim”.

I began with Notepad++ (yes, I was developing on windows at the beginning…), which was good (and probably still is), but even with some plugins, it was not really practical. Then I tried Zend Studios, where I discovered some tools (like the integrated PHP Documentation, the database integration, … etc). But it was relying on Eclipse, which I just can’t bear.

Then I stayed a little while on Netbeans (until two years ago or something like that), before going on PHPStorm, as I had an open source license thanks to my templating engine, which is not maintained anymore. But, the thing is… All I ever did use was at most 10% of the capabilities of such monsters. And, getting a cup of coffee (or tea, or whatever) each time I wanted to launch them was pretty boring (yes, that was a troll of a sorts)

So, I migrated to Sublime Text. It was good, and offered some good plugins. And then a friend of mine suggested me to use Vim a little bit more than what I was using it for (botching a script over ssh, …). Okay, it may seems a little bit “unfriendly” at first, but I said “meh, let’s try it”. After I spent a little bit of time (*cough, cough*) configuring it to my likings, well, I definitely adopted it ; it’s been now a little bit less than two years since I started doing so, and I’m still pretty happy with it.

Next time, I’m gonna introduce through a bunch of posts how did I configure it, even though you may check my dotFiles repository for my .vimrc file.

A screen for my vim

By the way, if you found a typo, please fork and edit this post. Thank you so much!
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