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Programming Vim

Emerging Topics, Tutorial
Location: Portland 252 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.77, 35 ratings)
The Vim editor incorporates a full programming language, with which you can reconfigure just about any aspect of its interface and functionality. This half-day tutorial explores the core syntax and semantics of that scripting language including:
  • Values and variables
  • Comments and layout
  • Arithmetic and string manipulations
  • Conditionals and control structures
  • Lists and dictionaries
    (a.k.a. arrays and hash tables)
  • Built-in functions
  • Accessing and manipulating the editor state
  • Issuing editor commands
  • User-defined functions
  • Event-driven Vim scripting
  • Multilingual Vim scripting
    (using Perl or Python in your scripts)

These language features are introduced and demonstrated via a series of real-world examples.

If anything about the way Vim works has ever annoyed or frustrated you, you’ll leave this tutorial with the knowledge and understanding required to fix, augment, replace, simplify, extend, fold, spindle, or mutilate it to your heart’s content.

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Damian Conway

Thoughtstream

Damian Conway is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and trainer, and a prominent contributor to the Perl community. Currently he runs Thoughtstream, an international IT training company that provides programmer training from beginner to masterclass level throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia. Most of his spare time is spent working with Larry Wall on the design and explication of the Perl 6 programming language. He has a PhD in Computer Science and is an honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Australia.

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