Barbarian Meets Coding

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The Path To Jedi Text Editing. Two Weeks Into Vim and VsVim

I would say I was pretty proficient writing and editing code. I have always been a pretty fast typer since I can recall (~100 wpm), albeit with my weird own style of typing (Home row what-is-that?). I am also quite good with ReSharper, which really gives me wings when doing macro-application-aware editing or navigating inside my solution and a great sense of flow when doing TDD. I would say I was pretty proficient writing and editing code, that was once, that is

One Does Not Simply Learn Vim Meme

Two weeks ago I started using proper typing skills, two weeks ago I started using vim and the vsVim plugin for Visual Studio and maaaan it’s been tough :). The promise of ultimate productivity that we programmers so much long for, that same promise of a seamless interface between our brains and the editor where our thoughts become code, pushed me once more into the abyss… but I am alive and kicking, and here is my story… xD

The first day typing with the home row I dropped to a staggering 10wpm, hell yeah!. I have never felt in my own skin how detrimental subpar typing skills can be to programming (although I understand it is freaking obvious): Coding wasn’t even fun anymore. It has gotten better though, I type now at a steady ~60wpm, and I enjoyed a lot going through the process and reflecting about why the keys are layed out the way they are. Every day is a new wonder XD, I can recall and even see myself talking to Malin about typing… go figure.

And vim; I think I have tried learning vim twice before. I am starting to think that there is a time for every teaching, for every lesson to be learned, sometimes one is just not ready. This time it appears I was, I totally understood, I got it. The first experience opening vim was still scary though, particularly with how spoiled I am today in regards to aesthetics, but then I got it “You are supposed to customize it, Doh!“. I have started using both vim and vsVim and I like it, I do feel like a code surgeon, precise, and I feel free, navigating through the code is a breeze.

The funniest thing of all, that which tells me that vim does indeed work, is that I am trying to vim my way through everything: when typing an email on Gmail or Outlook, when writing a wiki entry on Confluence, or a description in Jira… :)

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll keep you updated on how this whole foolishness ends up xD. Have a nice weekend!!

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Jaime González García

Written by Jaime González García , Dad, Husband, Front-end software engineer, UX designer, amateur pixel artist, tinkerer and master of the arcane arts. You should follow him on Twitter where he shares useful stuff! (and is funny too).Jaime González García