Vim for Programmers on Slideshare

» 02 June 2010 » In PHP, Talks »

A few years ago, I was considering what proposal to submit to the Vancouver PHP Conference. The usual slate of “how to do this and that in PHP” was becoming a bit tired, so I decided to submit a talk about an essential skill that PHP (and other language) developers might need: using the Vim editor.

By that time I knew that I was firmly in the Vim camp (as opposed to Emacs or IDEs). Of course, writing a 45 minute talk about Vim is like trying to explain Mulholland Drive during an elevator ride, but I rose to the challenge and put together the first version of the slide deck. When I later received the feedback about the talk, I realized that it was the most highly rated one of the conference, above even Rasmus‘s perennial PHP keynote. Clearly, I was onto something.

Since then I’ve expanded and adjusted the talk to fit the 45-60 minute slot, but I still usually run out of time due to the wealth of material. So I published the slides on Slideshare and created a Github repo for my time-tested Vim settings and plugins, so feel free to fork it and submit pull requests. And in general, go forth and Vim.

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19 Comments on "Vim for Programmers on Slideshare"

  1. andrei
    Romain
    03/06/2010 at 7:46 am Permalink

    Wow amazing.

    Your PDF already taught me vim some years ago, and I definately adopted vim for about everything since, thanks to your presentation.

    Now I’m so glad a new version is out, vim is such great you keep discovering new features/uses forever.

    Keep up good work.

  2. andrei
    hakre
    03/06/2010 at 9:07 am Permalink

    Please share a PDF donwload of the slides. I hat this needles slideshare-logging-in for other users content.

  3. andrei
    Andrei
    03/06/2010 at 9:09 am Permalink

    hakre,

    You can download the PDFs of the VIM talks from my Talks page. The differences between the latest one and the one on Slideshare are minimal.

  4. andrei
    Kunal
    05/06/2010 at 9:45 am Permalink

    I’d been introduced to Vim in my first year at college — but never really used it till I did an internship — and one of the presentations/code I was pointed to about using Vim was yours!

    I’ve become a complete convert to Vim since then with quite a few of the shortcuts becoming part of my muscle memory — though I still use the arrow keys when only browsing code.

  5. I thought I’d have to read a book for a discovery like this!

  6. Good to find an expert who knows what he’s talking about!

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