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How many key bindings are there in your brain? I personally use Intellij Idea as my primary IDE for development, but sometimes switch to Eclipse and Netbeans a bit, and sometimes I use Jedit,Notepad++, Emacs, Vim.

I am always trying to find a perfect key bindings that I can use crossing all the editors. What's your idea to solve this problem?

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IntelliJ has keymaps for Eclipse and Netbeans, as well as Emacs, JBuilder, Visual Studio. Hopefully Eclipse has the same, but if not, just use Eclipse mappings in IntelliJ. –  NickC Dec 21 '10 at 5:32
    
All the Editors that "support" emacs key bindings are most of the movement bindings, which is not very much useful. –  ZZcat Dec 21 '10 at 9:30

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According to me, you should know any one editor/IDE fully, and a little bit of everyone of the others. e.g. I know Emacs most than others, Vim a little less than emacs, and knows where to click in visual studio. Each of the editor/ide is created with certain ideas in mind and the default key bindings are the best suited for that idea. So better to learn those than to try changing those.

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  1. Choose Vim (or I guess Emacs, if you're that kind of person)
  2. Set your bindings in everything else to mimic that.

Alternative 2.: Why are you using a separate IDE? Just stick with Vim.

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Binding MSVS2008 to save on ':w' is an interesting challenge... –  sum1stolemyname Dec 21 '10 at 6:45
    
There are plenty of plugins that allow that behaviour. VsVim, for example. –  Anon. Dec 21 '10 at 20:18
    
ViEmu is by far the best VIM emulation is VS. I highly recommend it. –  Jordan Parmer Dec 21 '10 at 23:44

Like the other posters have said, choose one of the two great editors - Vim or Emacs. I am a Vim user, and after having learnt to use vim well, I realised that the best way to keep up with this key sequence complexity is to learn to synthesize, and combine existing ones. I also use my muscle memory of vim keyboard shortcuts everywhere - I use vimperator in firefox, and xmonad as my window manager, apart from a host of other settings.

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