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An Introduction to Vim Macros [ID:841] (1/7)

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video tutorial by Justin Lilly, added 08/08

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This is a very brief video about how to use vim macros. It goes over basic syntax and one possible use for it.

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25. danialwhitelow1ja Fri, 01 Oct 2010 07:29

After watching some other screencasts about Vim and using it for a while I noted author used k several times instead of gg. I mean, c'mon! ;)

24. birkenstock milano sandals womens Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:10

Mmm, too short.

23. ThomasKach Wed, 16 Jun 2010 18:39

Very helpful video. It would be better if it was a higher quality video.

22. christian louboutin cheapest Sat, 29 May 2010 03:25

Really helpful. I needed an example like this of using makros.

21. Thu, 06 May 2010 13:25

Good work and please thanks for helping us to learn.

Keep it up.

20. anonymous Sat, 26 Dec 2009 14:54

Awesome! Now i finally got it

You are doing a great job.

You are doing a great job.

17. anonymous Mon, 19 Oct 2009 04:35

Nice quick tutorial. I've actually been watching you on the YouTube video on the Django Conf 2008 where you had a short presentation about Vim.

I actually just started to use Vim, so, I really liked your tutorial. Actually, you were the one that made me consider Vim; so, thanks a lot!

16. anonymous Tue, 04 Aug 2009 18:46

Short and to the point. Great screencast

15. anonymous Sat, 25 Jul 2009 22:32

Nice video, thank you for your time on this one. Time saver for sure!

I like all your vim videos. I find them very helpful.

Awesome! I always wondered how to use Vim and it looks like a great efficient text editor once you learn how to use it properly. Keep up the great work!

12. anonymous Sun, 26 Apr 2009 19:05

A short video on the setup and use of the project plugin.

11. anonymous Fri, 10 Apr 2009 13:27

Would like more... please.

I've been using VIM for many years and find this simple bit of information very helpful.

9. anonymous Thu, 02 Oct 2008 04:47

Helpful. Perhaps the fonts could be enlarged a little.

to the point and most helpful

7. anonymous Sun, 07 Sep 2008 13:19

Review of An Introduction to Vim Macros

Way, way more can be said about vim macros, but here's just one:

You can *see* and *edit* the commands you recorded. In your example, if you went to a new line and typed "rp it would Paste in the register r, where your recorded macro lives. If you edit it and then "ry you will Yank the edited register back in, effectively re-recording your macro.

6. anonymous Tue, 02 Sep 2008 04:08

maybe as a future screencast you could share with us the plugins that you use and the settings that you have enabled to have such nice python highlighting, and the project pane, and even the syntax highlighting which feels quite resting for the eyes :)

Either way thanx for these screencasts, they did help when i needed to be on a linux box and i wanted to quickly edit some things.

Excellent. Thanks for the video, short and concise.

Hi Justin, thanks for uploading the videos. I'm a VIM-hanger-oner, I've tried vi/vim on and off for 10 years and always find myself tending back towards a full IDE.

I used to code full-time (as Senior Programmer for a UK/French R&D AI outfit), now I'm a part-time coder (and most-time screencaster).

I'm always on the lookout for a decent 10-min intro to using the basics of VIM, if you fancied doing a quickstart then I'm sure you'd get a lot of interest...I'm sure I'm not the only one dithering and hanging on to a mouse+menu-focused IDE.



Thanks guys. This was originally posted to my blog and runs at about 1000px by 700px, so things were a little cramped bringing it into ShowMeDo. I'll try to optimize my screencasts for SMD from now on. I'm also willing to do screencasts on any sort of topic in Vim (or perhaps something else) if you guys have a suggestion. I'll also be making the keypress box white or grey next time.

Thanks so much!

speaking as a vimhead - very cool to have another vim video. Sound is a little low and the text a little small, but as soon as I saw the keypresses on the bottom right it all made sense; highlighting might have helped. Anyway, short and to the point - we need more of this sort of thing.


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