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Practical Vim now shipping

I’m happy to announce that the paperback edition of Practical Vim is now available. If you’ve pre-ordered, then your copy should arrive soon. Also, that means Practical Vim is no longer in beta. It’s been tech-reviewed, indexed, edited, typeset, and laid out. If you’ve been holding out for the final cut, then your wait is over.

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Practical Vim rated 9/10 by Linux Format Magazine

In the September issue of Linux Format magazine, Jonathan Roberts reviewed Practical Vim (the beta edition) and rated it 9/10.

The best book available to move you on from being a novice Vim user.

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Upcoming workshop: Bristol

I’ll be running a Vim Masterclass in Bristol on October 24th, at Beef.

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Upcoming workshop: Boulder, CO

I’ll be running a Vim Masterclass in Boulder, Colorado on September 19th, as part of the Rocky Mountain Ruby Charity Workshop day. This is a rare USA appearance, so don’t miss out! Donations will go to local charities in Boulder. Please give generously.

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Status of US tour: postponed

I’m sorry to say that I’m unable to take my workshops on tour around the US this summer. I’m not allowed to work there on a business/tourist visa, and I was too disorganized to obtain the visa that would permit me to work. It’s a shame, because I had set the months of August-September aside for this tour!

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On sharpening the saw

Vim users sit somewhere on a spectrum, based on how much they customize their editor. At one end of the spectrum, there are those who use Vim with no customizations whatsoever. At the other end are those who customize Vim to the point where it barely resembles the stock install.

Gary Bernhardt advocates using stock Vim, with very few customizations.

Vim is a chainsaw, and the last thing you want on a chainsaw is controls that are not the controls you’re used to, because then you will cut your hand off.
Gary Bernhardt on Ruby Rogues episode 40 (17:35)

Gary’s chainsaw metaphor warns against the practice of over-customizing Vim. But I would also warn against using Vim without any customizations. Vim is highly configurable, and some of the default settings are suboptimal. If you don’t have a basic vimrc, then you’re putting up with inconveniences that were fixed decades ago.

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Upcoming workshops: London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Barcelona

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be taking my Vim masterclass workshops on tour around Europe in July. I’ll be running sessions in London on the 17th, Paris on the 20th, Amsterdam on the 23rd and 24th, and Barcelona on the 27th.

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Upcoming workshops: Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Newcastle

I’ll be back in the UK for a couple of weeks in early July, so I’m running a few Vim masterclasses: Edinburgh on July 2nd, Glasgow on July 3rd, and Newcastle on July 9th.

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Upcoming workshop: Berlin

I’ll be running a Vim Masterclass in Berlin on the evening of June 18th, at co-up.

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Upcoming workshop: Krakow

I’ll be running a Vim Masterclass in Krakow on June 14th, at Applicake.

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