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


    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
    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!


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