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Re: Time to consider/try Helm?

From: YUE Daian
Subject: Re: Time to consider/try Helm?
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 12:14:13 +0800

On 2018-10-30 23:19, Rémi Letot <> wrote:
> YUE Daian <> writes:
>> Hi Boris,
>> For me it was from vanilla to ido to helm. Never looked back.
>> There are many debates of choosing helm or ivy. Their user experience
>> might be quite different. But both of them are far better than ido
>> IMHO.
> Could you please elaborate a bit on that ?
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Rémi

Hi Remi,

Sorry for not being able to type the accent ;-)

I am not really familiar with ivy so please let me talk about helm.

Let's take buffer management as an example.

With ido you have `ido-switch-buffer`, `ido-kill-buffer` etc for
different purposes.

But with helm, when you use `helm-buffer-list`, it pops up a buffer,
which displays all opened and recently used buffers.

You can type anything in the mini-buffer to perform fuzzy-search and the
buffer list will be filtered.

You can mark items in the list and perform actions on them, for example
kill buffer, query replace, grep etc etc.
These actions are customizable thus can be added more.

Also packages like helm can be used as a front-end for many other tools,
such as ag (great enhancement of grep, highly recommended), projectile
etc etc.

I think the biggest change helm brings is that it uses buffer instead of
mini-buffer to display its results.

Hope that helps.


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