Please feel free to help yourself to my dot_vim repository on github, which has my working vimrc and plugins
Here are some of the wicked good things I've come across:
- Windows. One of the biggest drawbacks to TextMate was the one window thang.
- To create a new window in VIM do:
- Ctrl-W S (for Split): creates a horizontal split
- Crtl-W V (for Vertical): creates a vertical split
- To navigate between windows, use Ctrl-W plus the navigation keys h,j,k,l
- To close a window, use Ctrl-W C
- Tabs. Tabs are collections of windows. All tabs have access to all the buffers, so you have access to any open file from any tab
- To create a new tab do :tabnew
- To close a tab to :tabclose
- To move to a tab use:
- My .vimrc has some mappings for these
- To reposition the buffer in the middle of the window, simply press 'zz'
- Here's the one that got me really, really excited. For searching, I've been using the standard '/
' thing. Well, check this out; you can simply put the cursor on the word for which you are looking and press '*'. Yep, pretty nifty.
- Block Comment / Uncomment. This is the shizz:
- To block comment, use Ctrl-V to enter Visual Block mode. Navigate across all the lines you want to comment out, then use I
ESC to insert comment characters. I just did this in SQL to insert "-- '
- To uncomment a block, use Ctrl-V to enter Visual Block mode. Navigate across all the comment characters, then use d to delete. Voila!
- To combine two lines: position the cursor at the end of the top line and press "J" to delete the newline
- From Vim, you can run the current buffer with :!ruby %
- Special for Rails: I added the command-t plugin for quickly finding your favorite file. Sweet.