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Why would anyone use vim?

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I recently switched to vim full time after years of asking myself that question. It seemed like a huge percentage of the better hackers I came across used vim, but all I could see was “no mouse, no IDE goodies, no deal.” Why would anyone subject themselves to that? Well, turns out, here’s why:

Vim is ubiquitous

For web developers who do a decent amount of SSH’ing and editing on a server somewhere, this is huge. Pretty much any Linux box you can find yourself in will have vim installed, and it’s a huge plus when that editor just happens to be the editor you use day in and day out and are comfortable with.

To take it a step further, you can even use vim key binding in Firefox.

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