Vim: Good for quick edits, not great for other things.
June 21, 2019

Vim: Good for quick edits, not great for other things.

Greg Garnhart | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Vim

Vim, from what I can tell, is used by most developers. That said, Vim is almost certainly not a developer's first choice, but instead is used for convenience when needed. Though I use it occasionally, it is usually used for quick edits of my .bash_profile or things like that--not necessarily editing full length programs.
  • Convenience! Vim is built into the Mac terminal, so that's nice.
  • Quick Edits! Vim takes virtually no time to boot up, so if you only need to edit a line or two, it's a great way to do that.
  • Looking cool(ish). Vim makes you look like you know what you're doing. Wow!
  • Vim isn't great for huge programs, at least in my own experience. There is no autocomplete, no GUI debugger, etc.
  • Vim's learning curve is certainly an issue.
  • Vim has probably saved some people some time. It did not cost anyone money, though, so the ROI is positive.
Vim is a text editor that strives for simplicity. It does that well, but when you need something at the next level, take a look at the above two. Visual Studio Code is a fantastic, free code editor that makes most of my workflow easy.
As I mentioned earlier in my review, Vim is great for quick edits and small file changes. It's a good way to do things quickly, but a bad way to do things accurately. Without autocomplete, spell check, and really any other sort of syntax checker, it can be easy to mess up.