Vim configuration rework
My current configuration was highly optimized for the tasks I had to do back then. Of course my requirements for a text editor has changed since then. Time for an update.
What has changed?
Vim was never my exclusive editor. I always used tools like Xcode or Eclipse for software development as those tools give you a more complete toolset. Features like an integrated debugger, documentation lookup, and code navigation is something those IDEs are capable from the start.
This has changed lately when I started to use Visual Studio Code for more and more tasks. Yes I know it’s a web application and it’s from Microsoft, but it works pretty well for me.
Because of this a lot of settings in my Vim configuration are not needed anymore. Let the cleanup begin…
Remove and Replace
I went through all settings and removed every plugin, setting, and key mapping I haven’t used for a while. A lot of the key mappings got deleted because I wouldn’t be able to remember the key combo if I wanted to use them.
I have been using Vundle as my go-to plugin manager since the beginning. A lot of new plugin managers have been released since then, but I have never been tempted to try one of them. Vundle was doing it’s job.
After reading about vim-plug, I looked at the features and gave it a try. I was really impressed by it’s performance:
vim-plug has also some nice features like on-demand loading, branch/tag/commit support and rollback of updates.
The rollback feature in particular will come in handy when an update breaks a plugin. It’s very easy to view the changes with
:PlugDiff and then revert the problematic one with the
Even if I won’t do much programming in Vim anymore, I still want to be able to open Vim for a quick edit of a source file and get proper highlighting and indentation for that language.
There’s a nice solution for this. vim-polyglot is a collection of about 100 languages bundled in a single plugin. The language scripts are loaded on demand, so it won’t affect the startup time.
This is enough for all my language needs:
I will still use Vim for all editing when it’s a fitting tool for the current task. For me, Vim is still the number one editor when I have to do a quick edit from the terminal.
After some time I will revise my configuration again and will make the necessary adjustments. I can see a really slim Vim config in the future :-)
You can find my configuration on github.