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Jumpstart using the VIM editor productively in just a few minutes. VIM is for everyone, not just for nerds!
Gayatri TR
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Start using the VIM editor productively in shortest time possible.
Appreciate the power and simplicity of alphabet and keyboard based commands in Vim
Get a perspective of keyboard-based user interface that is quite different from that of graphical user interface for editing text

There seems to be a notion among uninformed beginners in programming that the VIM editor was born out of some sort of a relic and is used only by nerds who are fond of Unix. It is true to some extent. But relics are also classics that have a charm of their own which cannot be replicated. It is a privilege to learn them.

This course attempts to handhold you during your initial journey through Vim by introducing just a small and simple set of commands that will make you not only comfortable but also fairly productive when you start using Vim.

Noteworthy Reviews:

Sai Radhika Mangipudi: The 1st tutorial itself is sufficient to keep going on..for  a week of practice. great explanation.

Andrew Magdy Kamal: Nicely Designed little course : Very well designed, the course is very detailed, and although the animations are a bit immature, the teaching styles isn’t. Overall would recommend.

Learn the basic and mandatory commands to start using Vim effectively

  • Command mode

  • Insert mode

  • Commands in the above modes

  • Commands to navigate amongst files and to interact with the environment.

Getting started with Vim

Vim commands are predominantly keyboard based. Those who are used to using a graphical interface for program development may find it a little strange to adapt to this editor initially. It might seem to consume too much of your productive time. Still, in certain work areas like those involving C programming, knowledge of using VIM editor comes in quite handy in many many occasions.

This course hopes to help you start using the Vim editor without having to spend too much time figuring out how to accomplish the basic editing tasks.

Content and Overview

The course first introduces a small set of commands that are mandatory to edit and store a text file.

Then, it introduces a bunch of commands alphabet-wise. This approach is taken because, Vim is predominantly keyboard based, as mentioned earlier; so, all the alphabets are associated with some functionality. Once you gain the knowledge of these key-function mappings, then, you almost have the editor on your finger-tips, literally and figuratively.

Lastly, you will also be introduced to a small set of commands that will help you navigate through multiple files.

Once you are get familiar with these commands, then, it would become easy for you to follow the treasure trove of other awesome commands, configuration settings and vimrc changes in future.

This tiny course hopes to make your initial VIM experience as smooth as possible and  annihilate or at least attenuate the frustration faced sometimes by the beginners of VIM.

Happy Vimming! 🙂     


Quick intro about VIM
A small optional change in vimrc_example.vim


Commands to jumpstart: Start using VIM now!
ABC of VIM: Introduction
Commands: ABC
Commands: DEF
Commands: GHI
Commands: JKL
Commands: MNO
Commands: PQR
Commands: STU
Commands: WXYZ
Some more useful commands for beginners

There are two more important commands i should have included in the list. Realized it after publishing the course.

:set ts=4 This sets tab spaces to 4 (or any number you wish)

:set expandtab (If you want those tabs to be expanded to space characters instead of tab character)

You could add these two commands without the preceeding semi-colon anywhere in _vimrc file, may be at the beginning of the file itself. Then, these rules will apply to all the files that you edit.

You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
Definitely! If you have an internet connection, courses on Udemy are available on any device at any time. If you don't have an internet connection, some instructors also let their students download course lectures. That's up to the instructor though, so make sure you get on their good side!
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