I knew about vim since the time I installed my first server. That was a long time ago. And in the meantime I used it only when I was forced to. I started using git as a SCM and using the command line you will get in touch with vim every time you commit something.

But the main reason I kept my environment was that I haven't had the will to switch to Linux completely and the "I don't have a real working shell but cygwin"-environment under Windows is nothing I liked.

How it changed

After I got an offer for an iPad which was very good, I bought one, and then an iPhone, too. And finally I bought myself a MacBook. And that was the point I decided to dive into vim. Now I have everything I used as excuse for not performing this step:

  • a shell
  • a great screen
  • bought something new :)

I started to look througout the internet and found the great vids of Derek Wyatt They helped me a lot and I liked the humor of Derek. After a while I watched them all and had a good setup for my MacVim. After some time I read tmux in combination with vim over and over again, first completely ignored it, but then watched an interview about tmux & vim and I thought to myself: "This is quite useful". So I started to setup tmux. And here it is my new loved environment:

tmux & vim

Shared Environment

As I work most of the time in the office with a Windows based environment I decided to setup the environment I mentioned before. It's not as user friedly as I'd like but at least it works (most of the time).

I share my dotfiles using git and implemented several mechanisms to allow host/OS specific config files. Its portable now and most of the settings are common. I think I'll present that someday.

Plugins, Mappings, ect.

After working with vim for some time and reading a lot of plugins, I've installed and removed a whole lot of plugins. Its not a big deal to do so using Vundle or a similar manager.

The most frequent plugins I currently use:

  • YouCompleteMe (The current version does not work on windows, due to a libclang error)
  • NERDTree
  • fugitive
  • Unite
  • arxml.vim
  • airline

And the important mapping: <Space> is my leader

But that's not all

After a few weeks using the tmux and vim setup I decided to switch my keyboard layout to US layout. This is really handsome and all the shortcuts are accessible more easily. It took a while to get along with the new layout, but writing text feels nearly the same but writing code is also easier.


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Who I am

I am a software developer, housband and father who likes to learn new stuff. I like food, cooking, gadgets. I love my daughter and my wife. I live and work in Munich. And I really love that city.



Social Networks

Well a few weeks ago I decided to quit nearly all the social networks. They produce a lot of white-bread information I do not take care of. But somehow you read your "streams" multiple times a day so you don't miss the one of a thousand news you are interested in. That's the reason I quit.

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