I learned to use VIM at the university to administrate linux systems and to develop C++ apps. Then I moved to Java and I enjoyed using an IDE like Netbeans. When I started to play with Ruby and Rails I kept using Netbeans as my editor of choice as it plays very well with them.
As I was bored with “Up arrow key, End key, Enter key” instead of “O” to insert a new line above my cursor and I wanted to play again with this so old but still alive editor, I installed the plugins: rails.vim (just great), haml syntax highlight (I ♡ haml) and irblack color scheme (more Textmate like).
With rails.vim, you get just great shortcuts to browse your rails source file. Type
:Rmodel your_model_name to edit your model source file —
:Rstylesheet… work too! It also includes
:A (jump to alternate file) and
:R (jump to relative file) commands.
:A switches between source code and corresponding spec file,
:R jumps from model to migration file. The most amazing combo:
:AV to open up the alternative file (your spec file usually) in a vertical split window.
I finish up with the two commands I learned to use and love.1) Type
ma to “mark” your cursor position as ‘a’ then type
'a to get back to this position. 2) Use
qa to record a macro in ‘a’, press q again to stop recording. Then @a to replay it. Using commands to jump to next word / end of line / next something character it can be much faster than making a substitution using regexp or so.