Moving from Vim to NeoVim
June 05, 2021
Neovim has made significant progress in last 6 months (I am using 0.5-dev branch as my daily driver for more than 6 months now). There has been a significant number of good plugins (e.g. Telescope) and many others (some of them are just lua based).
At present, I have a pretty great Vim setup and a nice NeoVim setup too. However, my neovim config is vim script based, but I want to use Lua for config. For this, I will start porting my
init.lua and switch completely to lua for all my vim config needs.
Lua is a nice little language, and it would be fun getting good at it and at the same time have good fun.
I want to get the autocomplete story in Neovim better or at par with what I have vim (COC.nvim and Vim). I could just use COC in neovim too, but I want to use the native LSP in Neovim for this purpose. My goal is to ultimately reduce the config to a minimum and settle on a small list of plugins which I can go with zone whenever I open my editor.
I’m also experimenting with terminal apps at the moment. I use iTerm2 (most convenient), but also Alacritty and Kitty (It is pretty great except it sucks with SSH, and its author doesn’t want to work on that; hence I uninstalled it). Furthermore, I would prefer not to change the terminal just to SSH.
Following are the requirements and goals for this port
Requirements for port:
- autocomplete works and is always fast.
Ideal Neovim Setup:
- Config written in lua
- Modular, programmable setup
- Be able to use the latest goodness
- Ability to write custom plugins
- Learn Lua