Syntastic is a syntax checking plugin for Vim that runs files through external syntax checkers and displays any resulting errors to the user. This can be done on demand, or automatically as files are saved. If syntax errors are detected, the user is notified and is happy because they didn't have to compile their code or execute their script to find them.
A few weeks ago, I felt inspired by articles from Jeff Kreeftmeijer and Armin Ronacher. I took some time to configure and fine-tune my Vim environment. A lot of new stuff made it into my .vimrc file and my .vim directory. This blog post is a summary describing what I’ve added and how I use it in my daily work.
There are lots of plugins that do similar jobs to those that I'm going to mention, but I'm not interested in making this an exhaustive list; these are my recommendations based on experience, and they may well change as time goes on:
I know Vim better than most. Vim was my first real text editor. I used it for years. I helped write the Floobits plugin for Vim. I’ve delved into Vim’s source code to figure out its workings. I even helped write a patch (though it was rejected). Considering these credentials, I hope you’ll accept that I know what I’m talking about.
It may come as a shock when I say: The only good part of Vim is its user interface.
neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor vim source code in order to achieve the following goals:
* Simplify maintenance to improve the speed that bug fixes and features get merged.
* Split the work between multiple developers.
* Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source.
* Improve the extensibility power with a new plugin architecture based on coprocesses. Plugins will be written in any programming language without needing explicit support from the editor.
By achieving these goals, new developers will be more inclined to join the community, consequently improving the editor for all users.
If my latest post on the topic did not tip you off, I am a Vim fan. So before some of you start stoning me, let me present you a list of "obscure Vim commands." What I mean by that is: a collection of commands that you might have not encountered before, but that might be useful to you. As a second disclaimer, I do not know which commands you might know and which one you find useful. So this list really is a collection of relatively less known Vim commands, but which can still probably be useful.