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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no other way for content to end up in the named register unless you tell it to go there. There are actually two ways to store information in the named register: the first is the standard way that you will already know by now (e.g., to yank the current word into the " named register, you would use viw"ay); the other is to use a capitalized version of the identifier. The point of the capitalized name isn’t that there is a whole other set of 26 spaces (there isn’t). What happens when you call "A

how registers work, in addition to a tiny bit of help from VimL. (Don’t worry if you don’t know any VimL; most of the time, if you search Google for what you’re trying to do, you’ll find an answer. The Internet is a wonderful place). Let’s break down the steps we’re going to need to take to complete this challenge. u Get the year stored in the register. u Insert parenthesis. u Calculate the age. u Insert the result inside the parenthesis. OK, so the solution for doing this (shield

command we ran. (You should have been able to analyze and figure it out yourself by now; if not, then I’d suggest going back and reading Chapter 5 on how to read and run commands in Vim.) u gg: We move to the top of the buffer (just in case our cursor isn’t already at the start of the first line). u : We enter into VISUAL-BLOCK mode (which selects the current character under the cursor). u $: We move the selection to the end of the line (subsequently selecting the entire line). u

and to replace the latter with new content. Many editors provide a GUI abstraction on top of underlying code that implements the search criteria for you. Vim doesn’t try to hide it and, instead, exposes it to you via the COMMAND-LINE mode. Throughout this chapter, we will look at the multitude of ways you can search for content and replace it, once you find it. As we’ll see, there are many ways to “skin a cat,” and when it comes to “Search and Replace,” Vim is no exception. Typically, I find

with vimgrep, the results inside the quickfix window would be replaced with the latest search results. vimgrep vs. lvimgrep The most important question at this point time is why would you use vimgrep over lvimgrep (and vice versa)? And to be honest, I’m not sure. I generally find myself only really searching for one thing at a time, so I rarely use lvimgrep; but it is useful to know that functionality exists for those scenarios in which I am capable of multitasking and running multiple searches.

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