Though we are good at internalising principles we are not perfect.
Seven habits of effective text editing Bram Moolenaar November If you spend a lot of time typing plain text, writing programs or HTML, you can save much of that time by using a good editor and using it effectively.
This paper will present guidelines and hints for doing your work more quickly and with fewer mistakes. The open source text editor Vim Vi IMproved will be used here to present the ideas about effective editing, but they apply to other editors just as well. Choosing the right editor is actually the first step towards effective editing.
The discussion about which editor is the best for you would take too much room and is avoided. If you don't know which editor to use or are dissatisfied with what you are currently using, give Vim a try; you won't be disappointed. Move around quickly Most time is spent reading, checking for errors and looking for the right place to work on, rather than inserting new text or changing it.
Navigating through the text is done very often, thus you should learn how to do that quickly. Quite often you will want to search for some text you know is there.
Or look at all lines where a certain word or phrase is used.
It will grab the word from under the cursor and search for the next one. If you set the 'incsearch' option, Vim will show the first match for the pattern, while you are still typing it. This quickly shows a typo in the pattern. If you set the 'hlsearch' option, Vim will highlight all matches for the pattern with a yellow background.
This gives a quick overview of where the search command will take you. In program code it can show where a variable is used. You don't even have to move the cursor to see the matches. In structured text there are even more possibilities to move around quickly. Or from a " if" to the matching " endif".
Use gd to jump from the use of a variable to its local declaration. There are many more, of course. The point is that you need to get to know these commands. You might object that you can't possibly learn all these commands - there are hundreds of different movement commands, some simple, some very clever - and it would take weeks of training to learn them all.
Well, you don't need to; instead realize what your specific way of editing is, and learn only those commands that make your editing more effective. There are three basic steps: Find out if there is an editor command that will do this action quicker. Read the documentation, ask a friend, or look at how others do this.
Train using the command. Do this until your fingers type it without thinking. Let's use an example to show how it works: You find that when you are editing C program files, you often spend time looking for where a function is defined.
You get the idea that there must be a way to do this faster. Looking through the quick reference you find a remark about jumping to tags. The documentation shows how this can be used to jump to a function definition, just what you were looking for!
You experiment a bit with generating a tags file, using the ctags program that comes with Vim. You learn to use the CTRL-] command, and find you save lots of time using it. To make it easier, you add a few lines to your Makefile to automatically generate the tags file.THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE ON AMAZON.
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