Marcin is a geek. I’m a geek. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a geek. Marcin is my favorite kind of geek. Not only is he really smart, but he’s always trying to find better ways of doing things. And he saved me a ton of money once.
Lunar Logic, the company that built Kanbanery, was Europe’s first Ruby on Rails web development shop. We were coding in Rails before Rails was released. That was before the days of web developers. All programmers were most familiar with compiled languages. The early Ruby coders were all ex-Java and C++ people and so they were used to using fancy tools for coding called IDEs (integrated development environments). So as Ruby on Rails become increasingly popular, folks started making fancy tools for writing code with Ruby on Rails, and it seemed like every six months half my team was asking me to buy them licenses for the latest and greatest Ruby on Rails IDE.
Marcin was a hard core VIM jockey. VIM is a text editor that runs in a UNIX terminal. Serious 1970 technology. All the bells and whistles are hidden behind keyboard shortcuts. No mouse. Those of you who remember DOS know what I’m talking about. So it’s really hard to learn, but once you do, it’s really fast. Marcin made it cool. And he was never satisfied. He was always finding new tricks to customize VIM to his needs. Pretty soon, everyone wanted to be hard core like Marcin. Good for me, VIM is open source. Not so good for jetBrains.
Why do you care? Well, Marcin was one of the main developers of Kanbanery from its early days, and, since we “eat our own dogfood” around here, one of the first users. So without telling anyone, he added VIM-style keyboard shortcuts to Kanbanery. And they’re still there. So if you want save serious time (and be as cool as Marcin), just type “?” when you’re looking at your Kanbanery board for a list of keyboard shortcuts. Master them, and you’ll cut seconds, even minutes, off your Kanbanery time every day. More importantly, you can be all smug about it. But you wouldn’t do that, would you? And while you’re at it, check out “Friday mode.” Type IDDQD in the Kanbanery board view and see what I mean. Yeah, we’re geeks. Unapologetically.
Sign up to Kanbanery.com (it’s free for personal use) and I’ll send you weekly pro-tips like this one so you can get your geek on while burning through your tasks.