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Mastering Vim by Ruslan Osipov

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Why make another Vim?

Neovim is a fork of Vim, that branched out into its own thing in 2014. Neovim aims to address a few core issues about Vim:

  • Working with a 30-year-old code base while maintaining backward compatibility is hard.
  • It's very difficult to write certain kinds of plugins, asynchronous operations being a huge culprit (asynchronous support has been added to Vim in version 8.0, some time after Neovim was forked).
  • In fact, writing plugins is difficult overall, and requires the developer to be comfortable in Vimscript.
  • Vim is difficult to use on modern systems without tinkering with .vimrc.

Neovim aims to solve these problems with the following methods:

  • Large-scale refactoring of the Vim code base, including choosing a single ...

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