Making El-Get sync like vim-plug

As my post from last night says, I’m giving Emacs another go. And in an even older post, when I was trying Emacs for the first time, I show my approach to getting my packages syncing like I do in Vim (spoiler alert: It didn’t work very well). My Vim setup will remove unused packages, […]

Giving Emacs another chance

I was originally going to call this post “Attempting Emacs 2: The Re-Emacsing – A Vimmers tale”, I thought better of it. As you may have noticed from my tweets over the recent weeks, I’m infatuated by Clojure among many other languages that aren’t the one I’m paid to write (JavaScript). I’ve been planning on […]

Vim for people that don’t want to use it

This is for those of you that use a GUI IDE / editor happily but sometimes use Vim because you have to in your terminal. (think commit messages, SSH and tiny tweaks to files) I agree, Vim is not perfect, although nothing is perfect in every situation. Most of my colleagues use IntelliJ or similar […]

If I wrote a text editor

A little while ago Jezen Thomas linked a video to me on twitter (non-twitter link). It’s a talk by Gary Bernhardt of Destroy All Software. Please go watch it… now. The following post may contain spoilers that could ruin an otherwise excellent talk. So after that big tableflip inducing reveal, it got me thinking (just […]

vim-expand, my second {plugin,bundle}!

So I just pushed up my second ever Vim plugin, vim-expand. It allows you to expand things like {foo,bar}, {1..10} and $HOME inline with a single command. It’s not just limited to single lines though, you can also execute it on a visual range! Here’s a quick video of it in action. There’s way more […]

Essential Vim bundles for JavaScript and Clojure

I mention using NeoBundle in this post, but I’ve since made the switch to vim-plug. Do it, it’s wonderful. My two primary languages that go through Vim right now are JavaScript and Clojure. Obviously there’s others such as HTML, CSS and the odd bit of Java, but these two stand out since they can have […]

Emacs: There and Back Again

So I’m back in Vim already. I gave Emacs a few months of good usage though and tried out multiple styles of configuration. At first I tried to build my own from the ground up, a la Vim, but it was too fiddly. I found Emacs to be too big to handle cleanly for one […]

Spacemacs: Emacs + Vim

This post is pretty rough around the edges. I wrote it in Google keep as notes I intended to write up and eventually publish nicely but I don’t have the time. I’ve done what I can from my phone but I just wanted to get it out there. I hope you find it useful! What […]

Making package.el behave like Vundle

I love Vundle, it allows me to specify a list of packages within my dotfiles repository that is kept up to date and in sync with every other machine I use Vim on. The key point with this is that I can remove a package from all machines by simply deleting the line from my […]

Why a lover of Vim is going to try Emacs

I’ve been using Vim for a couple of years now, despite that making up around half of my entire career, I feel like I’ve learnt it rather well. I can’t hack VimL like tpope, all hail, but I can flit around a large project and edit almost without thinking. The editor becomes a language seared […]