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Vim's big 9.0 release brings with it a new scripting language

After many years of gradual improvement Vim now takes a big step with a major release. Besides many small additions the spotlight is on a new incarnation of the Vim script language: Vim9 script.

One of Neovim’s major draws is that you can avoid Vim script altogether and use Lua instead. It looks like the Vim team is addressing the two major complaints folks have with Vim script: performance and its obscure syntax:

The main goal of Vim9 script is to drastically improve performance. This is accomplished by compiling commands into instructions that can be efficiently executed. An increase in execution speed of 10 to 100 times can be expected.

A secondary goal is to avoid Vim-specific constructs and get closer to commonly used programming languages, such as JavaScript, TypeScript and Java.

Legacy scripts will continue to work, of course. The Vim team has no plans to drop legacy support in the foreseeable future. Learn more about Vim9 script here or with :help vim9 inside Vim itself. Icon

Vanilla Vim is fun

When you start Vim with the --clean option, it shows up in “vanilla” mode. No plugins, no configuration, just back to the roots. I have collected a ton of configuration statements over the years, some of them dating from MS-DOS or Windows 3.1. Here is the deal: I will start from scratch to find a good starting-point configuration with just the plugins available in Fedora 35. Will I survive a week of coding? I’ll find out!

How Lukáš Zapletal dropped from 35 Vim plugins to just six.

The Changelog The Changelog #457

Why Neovim?

This week Neovim core maintainer TJ DeVries joins Jerod and guest co-host Nick Nisi (from JS Party) to follow-up on our Vim episode with a conversation dedicated to Neovim. TJ tells us why Neovim was created in the first place, how it differs from Vim, why Lua is awesome for configuration and plugins, what LSPs are all about, the cool tech inside tree-sitter, and how he’s writing his own fuzzy file finder for Neovim called Telescope.

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Vimming with Nick Nisi

We had a lot of fun recording the Vim with me series alongside episode 450, so I thought, “Hey, let’s keep it going!” We have Nick Nisi for you today. Nick is a regular panelist on JS Party, co-hosted our upcoming Neovim episode of The Changelog, and is personally responsible for the #vimparty channel of Changelog’s community Slack.

(If you have any requests of people you’d like to see Vimming with me, let us know in the comments!)

Nikola Đuza

Improving your Vim workflow with fzf

Did you know that this fuzzy finder - fzf, can do a lot more than you thought? Oh yeah, the fuzzy search is just the tip of the iceberg here. It is like wine; the more you leave it on your computer, the more flavor and sweetness it accumulates from that command-line. Let’s dive in and find out how you can increase your productivity with fzf inside Vim.


A Neovim plugin that lets you write your .vimrc in Lua

Vimpeccable is a plugin for Neovim that allows you to easily replace your vimscript-based .vimrc with a lua-based one instead. Vimpeccable adds to the existing Neovim lua API by adding new lua commands to easily map keys directly to lua.

All of the power and customization of Vim without the inscrutable and othewise compulsory Vimscript? Sign me up! (metaphorically… I’m far too lazy to customize Vim anymore than I already have.)

Nikola Đuza

Why learn Vim in 2020?

Nikola Đuza makes a compelling case for the powerful text editor that developers love (or love to hate):

What Vim is excellent at is navigating, making some changes, and repeating the process. The process most call editing (not to be confused with writing). Most developers tend to overlook this fact, but this is one of the strong selling points of Vim. Developers are more prone to reading code, jumping from file to file, making small incisions in the code, and writing code all the time.


A new interactive finder and dispatcher for Vim and Neovim

Vim-clap is different than previous finders because it uses the new floating_win (NeoVim) and popup (Vim) interface. File lookup and switching have long been what keep me out of Vim as my daily driver (clunky UIs, slow results). Nothing beats Sublime Text in this category, in my opinion.

But this looks pretty awesome. I might have to give this a test drive and see if it wins me back.

A new interactive finder and dispatcher for Vim and Neovim
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