Vim is the classic and ubiquitous text editor. This editor is famous for its minimalistic approach, flexibility, and for its unique approach to modal editing. Vim and Neovim are free, cross-platform and open-source. They can be extended through the help of plugins, and are generally more configurable than other text editors. Vim has a very long history and has the reputation of being very stable and fast.
Vim is generally used by experienced users: developers, system administrators, tech enthusiasts. It has a steep learning curve, but fluency allows the user, after a while, to edit text at the speed of light and with great precision.
Vim-Tidal is the recommanded plugin to interact with Tidal Cycles. It will work for both Vim and Neovim, and will adapt to your setup. You can use Neovim's native
terminal functionality, as well as
tmux or other multiplexers. Check the README file for more information about the installation process.
As suggested by
@guiot on the Tidal Club Forum. You can keep track of your improvisations using the undotree plugin for Vim/Neovim. Using the undotree wisely is a great way to backtrack in time or to keep a
plaintext trace of your improvisations. By default,
undotree will record every little tiny changes in your text file. Activate the
undotree for a file by entering the
You can create custom code completions by placing the following lines in your
.vimrc file. This function will working only if a
.tidal file is currently being edited with
billysn to see the text being replaced by your pattern. Try to give these snippets very distinctive names so that they don't enter in conflict with language or library keywords.