No matter, what profile, a developer or a QA, we are working on or at what stage of software release we are contributing, changing or accessing the files in production is something we can never escape from. But does production environments have useful IDEs or any editor to make our life easier??
Even though I am a Front End developer and I could not escape from accessing the files even after deploying the build. Changing the files and testing if it will work always helps. Here comes, VIM, the editor which no matter how much we try, we cannot ignore it.
Here, without getting a lot deeper, I have tried to list down the most common and useful operations that we would like to do on a file,using VIM.
All commands starting with a colon(:) are used in Escape mode. i.e press escape key to go into the mode and then type command.
1. Open / Create a file in Vim
shwetas@dell:~ $ vi the-coders-stop.js
2. Edit an opened file
Once File opened. Press i
This will open the file in edit mode. With insert mode displaying at the bottom.
3. Jump to a line number in file
In esc mode, :[line number]
e.g. :1 for line number one or :100 for line 100
4. Copy and Paste text in edit mode
Copy => Select text and press Ctrl + Insert Paste => Shift + Insert
5. Delete number of lines from a point
Press esc and then [number of lines]dd
e.g in esc mode, 200dd will delete the next 200 lines
6. Delete entire content of the file
In `esc` mode,
i) Jump to line number 1 using point 3. i.e :1 ii) Delete the maximum number of lines you think the file has using point 5.
7. Close an opened file without any unsaved changes
In esc mode, type :q
8. Close opened or the newly created file with the changes done
In esc mode, :wq
9. Close the opened file without the unsaved changes
In esc mode, :q!
10. Search a text
type /[the text] and press Enter. Keep pressing n to go to next occurence and shift+n to the previous.
Thanks for reading!! I hope it helps. Please share and leave your valuable comments and feedbacks below.