Mastering Vim Video Tutorial Review by Damian Conway, O’Reilly Media
Vim,and the texteditors from its family are incredibly powerful,feature-rich, andextensible. They are running on every possible OS,in fact I have iton my Android phone. Besides, I know people who deny powers of everyIDE on the market in favour to using VIM. Complete software suitesand websites are built solely using VIM.
But for arguablymany the learning curve is actually quite steep, or it looksintimidating, especially at the beginning. This is why I see a lot ofvalue in the visual kind of training as this tutorial. And it isquite lengthy. Despite it is running for several hours (O’Reillyproduct page does not indicate the exact run time) prepare to spendat least double the time learning. This is because you want to MASTERthe tool, not just acknowledge its capabilities.
Contrary to mytaste, the author chose to concentrate on roughly 80% speaking versademoing VIM’s commands in it (I will run ahead of the locomotive hereand say this largely influenced my three star rating).
Furthermore,Iinitially scrambled to research on the vimrc file mentioned atthebeginning, besides, Damian chose just to “dive into” theeditor without providing specifics on how the extensibility works,but he mentioned his vimrc is very long. Likewise, no further infowas givenon how to install VIM or its plugins (which every typical)power user would want, but several were mentioned. These are allsmaller (as Google and Bing are a click away) items, but make suchseemingly“intermediate to advanced” video incomplete, I admit, Imade dozens of such stop and goes during the tutorial and I franklytestify fail to classify what level of user this tutorial is aimedat.
There are positivethings about this video, too. Many. I liked the part on visual modes,the ‘search’ was covered as complete as I can imagine,my favouritesection was on folding, never seen it covered before.
Amusingly,the authorstated in the closing that he covered only 1% of the editor, feel thepower of VIM!
Verdict:three out offive stars.
Disclaimer:Ireceived an opportunity to watch this video for free in exchange fora review as per O’Reilly’s Blogger Review programme.