I've written about vim as an IDE before. In this case, however, in order to prepare for node hacking, and also in line with a recent discussion about IDE's on the node mailing list, I'm documenting here notes I made while getting geared up with gvim (macvim) for SSJS development with some of the more important plugins that were mentioned (you know, it's that "so how do I actually do this" moment) (this should all work fine on either MacBook Pro or Ubuntu/Linux):
Unfortunately, vim 7 didn't make it into the Dapper Ubuntu 6.06 LTS.
So the best way to install it without fighting with dependencies is to amend your apt-get sources.list file with the following line (works fine for me on Ubuntu Dapper, 6.06 LTS freshly installed October 2006):
deb http://www.freshnet.org/debian/ dapper/
Then go ahead and install (see below, and see below for amd64 (above repository of course won't work for amd64 installations)).
Thanks, Freshnet.it !
If you're using Synaptic, just hit Settings >> Repositories, then hit the Add button, then the Custom button and paste in the above "Apt line" repository info and hit "Add Channel". Then close the Software Preferences windows and hit the "Reload" button to update package info. And update the appropriate vim7 package you are looking for (vim perl, vim ruby, or whatever you are using).