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Smash Into Vim


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Developers of all kinds are rediscovering the power of the Vim text editor. Even after several decades, it’s the only text editor to prioritize text editing and manipulation over raw input. Few editors can match the efficiency and power that Vim users experience every day.

In our 50-minute Vim tutorial, experienced Vim master, water polo captain, and former British intelligence officer Andrew Stewart teaches you the very basics of Vim. You don’t need any previous knowledge of Vim — we’ll take you from the beginning.

You’ll learn to:

  • Install Vim for your platform
  • Use Vim for simple editing via SSH
  • Configure Vim with sensible defaults (basic and advanced configurations are included in the code download)
  • Use operators and commands to manipulate text
  • Work with files, windows and buffers
  • Install plugins

Vim is often the only decent text editor available on remote systems. The Smash into Vim tutorial will enable you to use Vim confidently, and start you on your way toward using it as an everyday editor for development, too.

Available as part of a PeepCode Unlimited subscription (including streaming on our iOS app!) Business plans are also available.

Part II of Smash into Vim is now available!


Basic knowledge of the Unix command line helps, but is not required.

Revision 1 (Notes) · Updated: May 10, 2010 · Length: 50 min · 164 MB

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