Intro To Vim

Everyone's First Vim Session

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But how can we avoid this

You will probably still struggle

  • Copy and paste
  • Not using the mouse
  • Getting to the end of the line

Vim has modes

  • Such as:
    • normal
    • insert
    • visual
    • command-line
  • Higher complexity, but comes with incredible power

You can move around

  • The bare minimum
    • h, j, k, l
  • Do not use the arrow keys
  • Get around the screen faster
    • H, M, L, gg, G, :50

And do things

  • i - insert
  • d - delete
  • y - yank, p - paste
    • Copy and paste - sort of
  • c - change
    • like selecting text and typing over it

On objects

  • obvious
    • w - word, line
  • logical
    • p - paragraph, s - sentence
  • useful
    • blocks of all sorts (t-html, various symbols)

That can be modified

  • i - inside
  • a - around
  • t - (un)till
  • f - find

And finally combined into a language

  • Basic things
    • 3j - down three lines
    • d3j - delete the current and the next three lines
    • d3k - delete the current and the previous three lines
  • And more advanced ones
    • c$ - change until the end of the line
    • das - delete around sentence
    • ci" - change inside quotes
    • dit - delete inside html blocks (<b>test</b>)

Demonstration

Other talks

Resources

Try Vim for yourself

Intro to Vim

By Andrew Tomaka

Intro to Vim

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