:best of Vim

Showcasing the top Vim plugins, tips and tricks.

What is Vim?

Vim is a text editor for programmers, power users & command-line junkies.

What is :best of Vim?

:best of Vim showcases the best plugins, extensions & tips for making the most of Vim.

It was built for NoVIMber 2011.

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Vim is great out of the box, but there are plenty of great plugins to extend the main editor, and provide tailored functionality for working with specific languages, frameworks & environments.

Pathogen should probably be the first plugin you install, as it'll make installing all the others easier. After that, have a hunt around & see what tickles your fancy...

Boilerplate code: Unavoidable. Now easy.
Find files, every if you can't remember where they are or what they're called.
List & choose from all your open buffers.
A huge improvement to Vim's built-in directory browser.
An easy way to make large, precise jumps within a buffer.
Easily manipulate surrounding quotes, braces, tags and more.
Extend % to match more than just braces.
Vim has a very sophisticated undo/redo model. Gundo makes it easy it use.
Vim + Git = Win
Easily switch between header & code files: .h <-> .c
Improved search & replace to handle mixed-case & plurals.
Clean, safe installation of vim plugins.