Use Vim Like A Pro
Use Vim Like A Pro
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Use Vim Like A Pro

Last updated on 2014-06-22

About the Book

"I had a feeling that the VI commands were defined semi-randomly.  I now see that there is a design and that no other modern editor grasps the idea of a language of composable keystrokes." - MV

About the Author

Tim Ottinger
Tim Ottinger

Tim is a long-time coder, team leader, coach, and consultant.

He is one of the crew of experts at Industrial Logic, a premier agile consultancy, eLearning vendor, and thought leader. Here Tim joins with Bill Wake, Joshua Kerievsky, and a host of other industry experts to help people develop the skills that will make them sustainably great.

Tim is a co-author of Agile In A Flash and is featured as the author of chapter 2 of Clean Code. He also is the author of the Vim tutorial Use Vim Like A Pro, which has recently migrated from a blog article to a LeanPub book.

He writes code. He likes it.

Table of Contents

    • Why Bother? (reasons)
    • Why Write This Tutorial (approach)
    • How should one use the tutorial? (usage)
    • What can I do with this tutorial? (license)
  • Master The Basics
    • A little reassurance first.
    • What does it look like?
    • Modality
    • Know the vim command pattern
    • GET OUT!
    • Mnemonics
    • Invocation
    • Don’t panic. You have undo/redo
    • Move by context, not position
    • Help is on its way.
    • Shifted letters and DEATH BY CAPS!
    • Quoting Your Regex Metacharacters
    • Insert, Overwrite, Change
  • Gain Efficiency
    • The Double-Jump
    • Happiness is a good .vimrc
    • Getting rid of things.
    • Use the Dot.
    • Use the Star
    • Keep text in front of your face
  • Take cut-n-paste to the next level
    • Registers
    • Marking
    • Completion
    • The Explorer
    • Indenting and unindenting
    • Spelling
    • Little hints
    • Shell Filtering
    • Code Reformatting
    • QuickFix mode is your friend
    • Manual page access
    • Ctags lets you navigate like a pro.
    • Bookmarks.
    • Pasting in Insert Mode
    • Abbreviate!
    • Record and playback macros.
    • Mapping Keys
    • Colors and Stuff
    • Exploiting the path.
    • The Alternate File
    • Alternative Keystrokes
  • Epilog

Causes Supported

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Defending your civil liberties in a digital world.

Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology.

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

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