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Grokking the Ex Mode

This month Stuart Gerstein will be giving a interactive tutorial on ex, the vi editors programmer’s mode.  Breaking down the ex and regular expression syntax to the lowest possible subset will provide a unique foundation for new users on their way to becoming power users. Bring your laptop for the most effective experience.

Stuart Gerstein is a long time vim user and *BSD UNIX hacker.


As usual there will be plenty of pizza, beer, and vimgolf to go around.

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  • James G.

    Where's the best parking for this? On the street or is there a good parking garage close by?

    August 7, 2012

    • Benjamin

      I got a ticket! was 5 minutes late :(

      August 9, 2012

    • Brian D.


      November 1, 2012

  • Stu G

    Those of you running servers or have a computer running 24/7 please consider setting up a node to run Stanford Universities Folding@Home project. For more information here is a link: -- contact me if you need help setting it up.

    August 9, 2012

  • Stu G

    Hello vim users! Thanks to everyone who made it out! I wanted to add one element I meant to bring up in the talk. Addressing can be created with the context search paradigm so the user doesn't have to use integers at all with addresses. This is useful for using the ex functions with blocks of text (i.e. methods,functions and class definitions). An example with say c style hello world where I would delete the whole main function in ex would be :/main/,/}$/d -- this would be the same as :3,$d -- It's more useful with a large file >20 lines of code.

    August 9, 2012

  • Chris M.

    Very informative. I had no idea Ex mode even existed before this.

    August 9, 2012

  • Benjamin

    successful grok

    August 9, 2012

  • Stu G

    Hi everyone! Just a small reminder to bring your laptops if you can. I promise everyone will learn at least one thing they didn't know tonight! It's going to be a blast.

    August 8, 2012

  • Aaron K.

    Learned a lot of new things! Ex mode isn't something I'd use every day, but its very cool to learn about how it works.

    August 9, 2012

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