Efficient Editing with vim

In his article, Efficient Editing with vim, Jonathan McPherson covers the basics of efficient vim editing. The article assumes at least novice-level experience with vi.

Among the helpful nuggets of info:

  • Stay out of insert mode
  • Use h, j, k, and l instead of the arrow keys to move through a file
  • Enter insert mode intelligently (e.g. use ‘A’ to append to the current line)
  • Avoid repetition by using the . command (a period) to quickly repeat the last command

He did leave out one of my favorites, however — the double right square bracket (]]) to skip to the bottom of the file.

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