Chris Bargmann

Personal Notes on 'Practical Vim' (2nd Edition)

I’ve recently immersed myself in deepening my understanding of Vim, guided by “Practical Vim - Second Edition” by Drew Neil. This exploration not only honed my Vim abilities but also inspired me to compile a set of notes. These insights serve as an evolving cheatsheet for anyone on their Vim journey.


These reflections are drawn from various chapters, tailored to boost your Vim efficiency.

Unlock Vim’s potential for seamless movement:

Advanced File Management

Grasp Vim’s buffer-based file management for superior control:

Incorporate these mappings for fluid buffer navigation, borrowing from Tim Pope’s unimpaired.vim:

nnoremap <silent> [b :bprevious<CR>
nnoremap <silent> ]b :bnext<CR>
nnoremap <silent> [B :bfirst<CR>
nnoremap <silent> ]B :blast<CR>

Windows and Tabs: Enhancing Your Workspace

Exploring windows and tabs revolutionized my workflow:

Organizing Work with Tabs:

Insight: Mastering window and tab management has transformed Vim from a text editor to a comprehensive coding environment.

Advanced Navigation and Marks:

Exploring advanced navigation and marks for pinpoint movement:

Tip: Use marks to easily navigate to frequently visited or important code sections.

Macro Magic:

Macros (q) automate repetitive tasks, becoming a vital tool:

Note: Macros are indispensable in Vim, turning tedious edits into simple commands.

Pattern Matching and Search Literacy:

Pattern matching enhances search capabilities, turning complex searches into simple tasks:

Pro Tip: Becoming proficient in Vim’s search and replace commands is like mastering a secret language, enabling precise text manipulations.

Customizing .vimrc:

Personalizing .vimrc unlocks Vim’s full potential:

Insight: Personalizing .vimrc enhances Vim, making everyday tasks more intuitive and efficient.

Conclusion: My ‘Practical Vim’ Journey

“Practical Vim” has been a transformative guide, unveiling Vim’s hidden capabilities. May these insights illuminate your path in Vim, encouraging exploration and discovery in this powerful editor. :D

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