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The first text editor I used outside school was Notepad++. It served me really well during my early years, but around 2008 I got my first job, and saw a coworker use vim. I was quite mesmerized to see how efficiently he moved across the files, so I obviously wanted to learn using it as well. I don't think I had any configuration at all initially, whatever the distro configured by default was what I used. I opened my own repository for my vim configs in 2012 September 19, at a quite late time, 3 AM. Apparently even 10 years ago, my most productive hours were after midnight.

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There is a picture that circulates around the net, about the high learning curve of Vim. It is true, there is definitely a learning curve, but it isn't that bad. You'll need a week, or maybe two, and you'll be probably more productive than with your current editor. The production gain from using Vim is shocking. I'll tell you where Vim's power comes from, and how you can start using it in a less painful way.

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