While searching method declarations in vim can be tricky and you can use
ctags, I found that using
ag or the silver searcher yields great results.
I’ve been an active vim user for almost 2 years now and primarily develop Rails apps. I started using vim because I really liked the idea of having your entire development environment on one screen.
Run your server, tests, install gems, write code, without leaving or
Alt + Tab‘ing out.
As developers, we occasionally find the need to search for the method declaration. Here are a couple
vimscript functions you can use along with
<Leader> commands to efficiently search for the method declarations and increase productivity.
function! SearchForDeclarationCursor() let searchTerm = expand("<cword>") call SearchForDeclaration(searchTerm) endfunction
Here we just expand and capture the word where the cursor is.
function! SearchForDeclaration(term) let definition = 'def ' . a:term cexpr system('ag -w ' . shellescape(definition)) endfunction
This function prepends the word
def with the search term. This will give you a string like
system function executes any
bash commands provided to it. The
-w option matches the exact search term, thereby giving us accurate results.
And finally, we can map this to a
map <Leader>cd :call SearchForDeclarationCursor()<CR>
Hope this helps ya’ll!