There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream – Charles Kingsley
What will I learn?
In Vim, we can duplicate a line from normal mode, insert mode, or with an Ex command. But which is best?
In this masterclass, we’ll work through a series of exercises, finding at least two solutions to every problem. In response to the question “which is best?” we’ll see that the answer is always: “it depends”.
Vim is optimized for repetition. We’ll study a few examples of how to use the dot command to repeat the last change. Then we’ll develop a strategy for composing repeatable changes, and meet the optimal Dot Formula: a two step solution with a thousand uses.
To level the playing field, we’ll be using bare Vim (not vi - we’re not savages). You’ll be asked to leave your .vimrc at the door.
The material is presented as a series of interactive lessons, picking up where the Vimtutor left off. It will tie in with my book, Practical Vim. You can find out more about the lesson format on my blog.
Is it for me?
This workshop is not for the Vim novice. It is assumed that you are at least familiar with the basics. Nor is it for the Vim master. If you already use the :normal Ex command daily, and compose recursive macro quines for fun, then I can’t promise to teach you anything new.
This workshop is aimed at the intermediate user. Come and see how Vim can blow your mind (or your money back).
How much does it cost?
The workshop lasts 3 hours, and costs £90. You can purchase an earlybird ticket for £75 until June 22nd.
How many people can attend?
Initially, a batch of 10 tickets will be made available. If demand is high, I may consider increasing the class size. Sign up to the waiting list if you want first dibs on the next batch of tickets.
Where is it happening?
The workshop will be hosted by the University of Glasgow.
Can I get a refund?
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you've purchased a ticket but cannot attend. With sufficient notice I can offer a full refund, and release your ticket to someone on the waiting list. I cannot guarantee you a refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the event begins.
If you attend this workshop and are dissatisfied, you may have your money back.
What are people saying about past workshops?
The Vimcasts workshop won't teach you shallow Vim tricks - that you can find online. Instead Drew reveals epiphany after Vim epiphany. You'll learn how the visual, normal and ex mode intersect and how they can be tamed into doing your will. You'll leave the workshop with a pattern language for constructing elegant and robust text operations -- or magic if you prefer. Drew was an articulate teacher and he effortlessly illuminated subtle distinctions that had eluded me during a previous year of full time Vim usage. All in all well worth the time and money.
Jack Kinsella, Hackerpreneur OxbridgeNotes
I left the Vimcasts workshop thinking for the first time in my relationship with Vim that not only are there many ways of doing things in the one true editor, there might also be a right way.
I loved the interaction with the attendees, and the difficulty level was just right.
Any other questions?
Get in touch with drew at vimcasts dot org if you have any further questions.