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Quinton Parker's Blog:
vim tips for php programmers
February 05, 2009 @ 08:43:44

In a new post to his blog Quinton Parker shares a few tips for those PHP developers out there using vim as their editor of choice.

VIM is a powerful command-line text editor usually a default package in the majority of *nix distros (that includes Mac's OS X). I believe there are ports available for other OSes, even winblows. Firstly, vim is a man's editor. Whiners and GUI lovers can stop reading now. Although, VIM offer GUI ports such as MacVim. Men with thick beards, please stay tuned.

He starts with a bit of comparison between opinions on IDE versus editor and comments from others on both sides of the vim argument. Then he gets to the tips - here's a list of some of them:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Tabs as spaces
  • Search and show matches as you type
  • PHP-specific highlighting
  • Highlighting matching brackets/parentheses
  • Auto change to to editing file's cwd
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