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Neovim - the next generation of the Vim? text editor

 Author:   Thiago de Arruda
 Homepage: http://neovim.org/ 
 Family:   VIMFamily
 Platform: OS X, Linux
 License:  Vim license

Neovim is the next generation of the Vim? text editor.

Background

Development of Neovim started after a succesfull Bountysource fundraiser - https://www.bountysource.com/teams/neovim/fundraiser - The source code is available at GitHub https://github.com/neovim/neovim

vim is a powerful text editor with a big community that is constantly growing. Even though the editor is about two decades old, people still extend and want to improve it, mostly using vimscript or one of the supported scripting languages. Over its more than 20 years of life, vim has accumulated about 300k lines of scary C89 code that very few people understand or have the guts to mess with.

Another issue is that as the only person responsible for maintaing vim's big codebase, Bram Moolenaar has to be extra-careful when accepting patches because once merged, the new code will be his responsibility.

These problems make it very difficult to have new features and bug fixes merged into the core. vim just can't keep up with the development speed of its plugin ecosystem.

Solution

neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor vim source code in order to achieve the following goals:

By achieving these goals, new developers will be more inclined to join the community, consequently improving the editor for all users.

Development Goals (Bountysource fundraiser)

	- Vimscript will run much faster, especially if luajit is used. Luajit is probably the fastest scripting runtime out there: https://gist.github.com/spion/3049314
	- Instead of reinventing the wheel, vimscript will be backed by one of the best scripting engines out there. Lua is fast, small and very well designed.
	- By removing tons of legacy C code that implement parsing, garbage collection and other runtime features, we will automatically get rid of most vim bugs related to vimscript.


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