I've used emacs in various configurations over the years, but the one aspect I couldn't find a good proxy for is relative directory logic.
My goal is to use evil-mode + web-mode. I'm not interested in doing everything possible in emacs. I just want really good vim emulation and syntax highlighting. I think emacs does a better job of these things at the cost of added complexity and trying to parse emacs-lisp.
In Sublime Text you can "open a folder" and then when you go to open a file it assumes it's contained within the "current" directory.
In VIM I can "cd" to a directory and all all files I open are relative to that directory i.e. "e foo/bar.py" in the command prompt assumes
tl;dr Is there a simple way to "cd" to a folder, so that opening and searching for files to open are relative to that folder? I've tried dired & projectile but wonder if there's a much simpler option that more closely maps to the UX of vim.