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My vim experience

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In this article I will be talking about my experience with vim.

NOTE: This is not a tutorial for vim.

VSCode is good

This might come as a bit of a surprise to some people because, more often than not, people who advocate for vim don’t have good things to say about VSCode. But I think VSCode is an amazing tool, especially for beginner programmers.

Imagine you are a new programmer and know nothing about code editors, auto-completion, LSPs, or plugins. At this point, your priority is not to learn about vim motions, LSPs, etc. You just want to hit the ground running and start writing some code. VSCode is a very good tool for that. You just install it, add a few plugins, and start coding - no overhead.

Vim is just better

Vim is what you use when you want to customize your coding experience. Let’s break it down:

Vim motions

Let’s face it, coding can get pretty tedious. Vim keeps it fun. Moving around your editor without ever touching the mouse feels pretty awesome. This is what makes vim so incredible to use. If you don’t ever want to use vim, I would still suggest you try Vim motions. You can even use them in VSCode. Just try it for fun. I bet you’ll like it.


In Vim, you can customize everything, and I mean everything. Now, I get that there are customizations available for VSCode as well, but vim can do so much more. You can opt out of features that you do not like, which is not possible in VSCode. Just pick what you like and remove all the bloat. Personally, I don’t like the virtual text that is shown beside the code when you have an error. So, I can easily change this behaviour using a few lines of code.

If you want to add or change keymaps for various functionality, you can do that very easily.

If there is a new language or a language that you created and there are no dev tools (like LSPs, formatters, etc.) available on the VSCode marketplace, there is little to nothing you can do about it. In Vim, if you or some third party have created some tools for the language, you can easily integrate them into the editor. You can even add new filetypes in vim. It’s pretty cool.

My Vim configuration

I use a newer version of Vim called Neovim. You can customize it using this amazing language called Lua. It’s easy to learn, pretty powerful, and totally awesome. Now, I am not going to ramble on about how I configured my vim; that is not the goal of this article. You can check out my latest configuration here:


I am still learning vim, and I am not an expert by any means. I will try to update this article as I learn more about vim. But I can say this: Working with Vim makes you feel like a coding ninja. Just try it!