I’ve used Vim for most of a decade now, having completely failed to understand Emacs, then going through a vi tutorial on an HP-UX 9.x box and watching how fast text editing can be. I’m proud that the Unix command-line is my IDE. I have plenty of great tools like Perl, grep, find, ack. I’m quick and productive.
I’ve known about Ctags, and I used it once or twice, but never really took advantage of it until last week.
vim -t tag to open my editor to a function’s definition, but that seemed a little bit clunky. If I were in a Vim session already, I’d have to background the process, launch the new editor, and remember to switch back and forth between the two processes. (
screen makes this easier, but it’s less of a benefit for short-lived processes.)
Then I had a thought, and looked it up in a Vim reference to confirm. Ctrl-] on an identifier jumps to the definition of that symbol. Ctrl-t jumps back. This works without having to start a new Vim process.
Thirty seconds of research bumped ctags from something I use once in a while to an indispensible tool for programming and debugging. Thanks to everyone who’s contributed both to ctags and to the Vim integration!