Judging by the Lindy effect, Vim will be around for another quarter century. Vim’s keyboard-based navigation, reliance on editor commands, and various different modes makes learning the editor difficult but pays dividends to those who stick with it. I’ve used Vim in a terminal without mouse integration for several years, and find I’ve learned how to move through the text and make changes faster than I would with a mouse. Fingers on a keyboard builds muscle memory in a way that pinpointing pixels with a mouse never can, and editing text anywhere else feel incredibly limited.
March 30, 2015