How to Learn More Vim
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00:12 There’s a lot of nice resources out there that teach you VIM through, essentially, playing games. So I would suggest to you to approach this whole thing, if you really want to get into learning VIM—approach it like a game. Okay, so there’s these commands that I can press that do something, they take me somewhere.
00:27 There’s this interesting keyboard command that deletes the whole line, or there’s something else that puts it back there, brings me to the end of the file, et cetera, et cetera. So, think of it as a game, and there are some really nice resources up there that you can Google for.
01:02 You can read over this—it just tells you we’re going to learn through exercising using VIM, and you can also use characters for navigating additionally to the Down arrow, so j does the same thing as Down. Here you can see an overview of that.
You can think of those as your buttons on the game controller, for example, and that allows you to move around. So pressing j, we’re moving down to the next lesson, and here we see
EXITING VIM, something that we already learned about.
:q!, it would exit out of there. I don’t want to do that now, so I’ll keep going. So you see, it’s like an interactive little lesson that just walks you through the most important features of VIM. For example, x here—so here we see if we go over there—you see me not being very proper, like, I’m actually using the arrow keys instead of using—what would that be? h—no, k to go up and then h to go to the left. There you go.
02:08 There is a value in having a basic understanding of VIM, really for the fact that you can have access to this editor anywhere, on any Unix system. It’s just built into the command line. And if you get good at it, if you have fun in this kind of interacting with your editor, then go ahead and learn more about it.
02:23 Start off with this VIM Tutor or search on Google for some games that utilize the VIM commands and get familiar with it. And yeah—have fun. That’s what I would suggest for how to learn more about VIM. Okay, and that’s it about this section about VIM. See you in the next one!
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