Pro Vim

Pro Vim

Mark McDonnell

Language: English

Pages: 424

ISBN: 1484202511

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Pro Vim teaches you the real-world workflows, tips, and tricks of this powerful, terminal-based text editor. This book covers all the essentials, as well as lesser-known but equally powerful features that will ensure you become a top-level performant and professional user, able to jump between multiple sessions while manipulating and controlling with ease many different documents and programming files. With easy-to-digest chapters on all the areas you need to learn, this book is a key addition to your library that will enable you to become a fast, efficient user of Vim.

Using this book, you will learn how to properly configure your terminal environment and work without even touching the mouse. You will become an expert in how Vim actually works: how buffers and sessions work, automation through Macros and shell scripting, real-world workflows, and how to work efficiently and fast with plugins and different themes. You will also learn practical, real-world tips on how to best utilize Vim alongside the terminal multiplexer tmux; helping you to manage files across multiple servers and terminal sessions. Avoid common pitfalls and work with best practice ways to efficiently edit and control your files and sessions from the terminal interface.

Vim is an advanced power tool that is commonly recognized as being difficult to learn, even for experienced developers. This book shows you how to become an expert by focusing on not only the fundamentals of how Vim works, but also by distilling the author's own experiences learning Vim into an easy-to-understand and follow guide. It's time to bring your programming, editing, and workflow skills up to the professional level - use Pro Vim today.

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Vim user. I covered what text objects were in Chapter 5, so I won’t repeat that information here, but it’s important to realize the power of text objects and that becoming proficient with them will really move your editing skills to the professional level. Find and Replace A feature I may use less frequently but that is a remarkably powerful tool when used in the right situation is Vim’s substitution command (when run from COMMAND-LINE mode). I’ll cover it in greater detail in Chapter 11, but

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