December 29, 2010

2010 Vim Guide Roundup


Making your New Year's Resolutions for 2011? How about adding, "learn Vim" to the list? We make it easy, with all the Vim tutorials we've run on in 2010.

This year we ran a series of tutorials on Vim ranging from the basics to more advanced topics like extending Vim with scripts and plugins. If you missed them the first time around, here they are again to help you get ready for efficient text editing in 2011.

Vim 101: A Beginner's Guide to Vim

This tutorial covers Vim's modes, the basics of moving using Vim's keybindings, editing, searching and replacing, and much more. Read the rest in A Beginner's Guide to Vim.

Vim 201: An Intermediate Guide to Vim

Many use Vim, but don't make use of nearly all the features. In this guide, we'll take a look at some of the intermediate features offered by Vim, including abbreviations, word completion, and editing multiple documents in the same Vim session. Get the full scoop in An Intermediate Guide to Vim.

Vim 301: Getting Adept at Vim

If you've worked your way through the first two guides, you should be in for smooth sailing using Vim. But even with all that under your belt, you've only scraped the surface of what Vim can do. This tutorial covers setting up a Vim configuration file, using the "folding" features, getting to the shell from Vim, and the dot. It's all in Getting Adept at Vim.

Vim 401: Extending Vim and More

The next installment goes into more detail on plugins and scripts, using Vim's GUI (yes, it does have a GUI!), bookmarks, and where to find scripts and plugins. Check out Extending Vim and More.

Using Spell Checking in Vim

If you're new to Vim and/or using Vim in text mode, it's not obvious that Vim even supports spell checking. But it does, and it's easy to use once you turn it on. If you're tackling prose in Vim, you'll definitely want to read Using Spell Checking in Vim.

Look for more guides and tutorials in 2011 on Linux utilities and tools. Have some suggestions? Drop us a note in the comments!

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