I recently started to use ubuntu to program - University standards. I was checking out different text editors and tried to install VIM through Ubuntu Software Centre. Everything went fine and I got it installed, but I couldn't find the launcher (not sure if that is the right term). Any reason why this might be the case?
Vim is a text based editor (to be used in a terminal), not a GUI program. It doesn't use menus but keyboard shortcuts. I use it a lot, but this is likely because I grow used to it long time ago, while I was working on Xenix and SCO Unix machines.
It has no launcher on the menu, open the terminal and type
vim to start it.
vim is a command line text editor, to use it you launch a terminal and type
If you want a graphical vim you can install vim-gnome
sudo apt-get install vim-gnome
VIM is not a GUI software, it should be run in the terminal. VIM is not so easy to operate especially for beginners, it has separated "command" and "input" mode, etc etc. The advantage: you can find at least VI (if not vim) in almost all UNIX'es or even other systems, that's why it's favorite of many people ...