To install it on the Mac, you should not use the built-in Vim because it doesn’t come with the necessary Ruby bindings. Download MacVim. Then, in your ~/.bash_profile type in the following:
On Windows, download "gVim":https://www.vim.org/download.php#pc. On the Mac and Linux you should have a .vimrc file and .vim folder under your home directory (ex. /Users/akitaonrails). On Windows you must have a _vimrc file and vimfiles folder also under your home directory (ex: c:\Documents and Settings\akitaonrails, on Windows XP or c:\Users\akitaonrails, on Vista and Windows 7). On the Linux and Mac, from your home directory, do: <macro:code>git clone git://github.com/akitaonrails/vimfiles.git ~/.vim cp ~/.vim/vimrc ~/.vimrc
On Windows, also from your home directory, do:
git clone git://github.com/akitaonrails/vimfiles.git vimfiles
copy vimfiles\vimrc _vimrc
copy vimfiles\snippets.vim.win32 vimfiles\after\plugin\snippets.vim
That’s it. Now, from inside Vim, do “:helptags ~/.vim/doc” (“:helptags ~/vimfiles/doc”, on Windows) and then “:help rails” to learn more about Tim Pope’s Rails.vim plugin. You can use “:help surround”, “:help nerdtree” to learn more about the other bundled plugins as well. Rails.vim gives you commands such as :Rgenerate that calls script/generate, :Rake for rake tasks, :Rscript for other script/* inside your Rails project, and so on and so forth.
Ctrl+t is FuzzyFinder, the equivalent to Commant+T on Textmate. Then “\+p” (backslash and “p”) brings up the Nerd Tree, which resembles Textmate’s Project Drawer. You can close it with just “q”. “R” (uppercase “R”) refreshes it and “o” (lowercase “o”) opens the folder/file your cursor is currently over. Finally, while editing your Rails files you can try the very same abbreviations from Textmate. To find out all the abbreviations, take a look at the .vim/snippets folder. There you will find sub-directories for each file type. For instance, .vim/snippets/ruby-rails/hm.snippet means that if you type “hm[tab]” inside a model file, if will activate the “has_many” snippet (see on my screencast).
To learn a little bit more about Vim editing, read the Why, oh WHY, do those #?@! nutheads use vi? article. Vim is very powerful and has lots of options that you will learn and get used to very fast.
On the Mac, I don’t think I will be dropping Textmate any time soon, but if I need to use either Linux or Windows, that’s definitely my primary choice. On Linux it is a no-brainer, and on Windows there is basically no decent text editor built-in (Notepad should’ve been dropped as a built-in app more than a decade ago, because it is so bad).
Do you have more cool tips on Vim to share? Don’t forget to comment.
tags: obsolete vim screencasts