40% Keyboard Programming on Vortex Core

I recently started using a 40% keyboard (vortex core) as my daily driver for the $dayjob . It's a nice compact board, but the default layout isn't very efficient for programming, where common symbols used in development are tucked behind less-accessible key combinations.

I took some inspiration from the planck and another users reddit post. Another reddit user created a better MPC than the official version for remapping keys on the core, which was super handy for iterating and testing several layouts.

Some of my design decisions

vortex core

Limitations

Custom Keycap set

I recently added a custom keycap set from primekb primekb