Modern Vim: Craft Your Development Environment with Vim 8 and Neovim - Drew Neil

1 minute read Published: 2018-12-29

GoodReads Summary: Turn Vim into a full-blown development environment using Vim 8’s new features and this sequel to the beloved bestseller Practical Vim. Integrate your editor with tools for building, testing, linting, indexing, and searching your codebase. Discover the future of Vim with Neovim: a fork of Vim that includes a built-in terminal emulator that will transform your workflow. Whether you choose to switch to Neovim or stick with Vim 8, you’ll be a better developer.


I'll be honest and say that I did expect a bit more about this book.

It is not a book talking about changes in the last few years in the VIM workflow; it's more about the changes in the ecosystem of VIM. So instead of focusing on new features (say, from last version and current version), it focuses a lot more on plugins.

Not that focusing on (recent) plugins is a bad thing: There were changes in the infrastructure of VIM that allowed the creation of more modern and flexible plugins and talking about them is a good thing. But, again, I expected a more focused book on VIM than plugins. If the title were "Craft your VIM environment on VIM 8 and Neovim", it would fit perfectly on what the book presents, for example.

In all, it's not a bad book, although it requires that you know VIM beforehand.