Hacking Vim 7.2

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  • Gain a deep understanding of Vim to master the editor
  • Personalize Vim to suit your needs
  • Navigate through files faster while editing multiple files
  • Boost your productivity by using templates, auto-completion, folding, sessions, and registers
  • Improve the formatting of your text and code by mastering simple tricks
  • Extend Vim with scripts
  • Retain your Vim configuration across computers by storing an online copy

Vim is one of the most powerful open-source editors used by programmers and system administrators around the world. While Vim itself is inherently a powerful editor, personalizing it to suit your needs can be a daunting task. However, it is possible to do so with the help of this book.

This book contains examples that cover everything from personalizing Vim according to the your work cycle to optimizations that will boost the your productivity. The main focus of this book is to make your life, as a Vim user, easier.

Each chapter deals with a different aspect, and provides recipes for easy-to-use hacks to customize and simplify your Vim experience. After an introduction covering the derivation of Vim and its relatives from the vi editor, the author explains basic changes that you can make to the appearance of the Vim editor. Further chapters cover improved navigation through files and buffers in Vim; speeding up your work with templates, auto-completion, folding, sessions, and registers; and formatting text and code, including using external formatting scripts. The final comprehensive chapter covers everything about using Vim scripts and scripting to extend functionality.

This book is written for Vim 7.2, the latest stable version. This latest version of Vim includes many new features like spell-checking, code completion, document tabs, current line and column highlighting, undo branches, and much more.

  • Create, install, and use Vim scripts to extend Vim's functionality
  • Personalize your work-area to fit your workflow
  • Optimize your Vim editor to be faster and more responsive
  • Packed with tips and tricks based on the author's practical experience
Page Count 244
Course Length 7 hours 19 minutes
ISBN 9781849510509
Date Of Publication 28 Apr 2010


Kim Schulz

Kim Schulz has an M.Sc. in Software Engineering from Aalborg University in Denmark. He has been an active developer in the Linux and Open Source communities since 1997 and has worked with everything from translation and bug fixing to producing full-blown software systems. This entire time, Vim has been Kim's editor of choice and it has been the first thing he installs whenever he sits by a new computer. Today Kim works as a full-time software engineer at CSR Plc. developing software for the next generation wireless technologies. A lot of Kim's spare time has been spent on developing the open-source CMS Fundanemt. This has lead to him now owning the web-hosting company Devteam Denmark that specializes in hosting and development of Fundanemt-based websites.