addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1linklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Making Vim a Little Less Scary w/ Dan Goldstein

Dan has been writing software for 13 years and has worked in many languages and created a few open source projects, the most popular being the Android podcast player Podax.

If you've ever tried to edit something in a shell, you've probably used vim (or vi).  Vim is a text editor written that was first released publicly in 1991. Based on the vi editor common to Unix-like systems, Vim is designed for use both from a command line interface and as a standalone application in a graphical user interface.  It's a handy tool available on almost every system.  Some event use it full time and exclusively for crafting code.

We'll cover how to learn it, how powerful it can be, some of the more popular plugins, and most importantly: how to quit.


6:30 - 7:00 - Food and socializing! (We're trying to avoid Pizza) 
7:00 - 8:00 - Making Vim a Little Less Scary w/ Dan Goldstein 
8:00 - 8:30 - Wrap-Up, Questions 
8:30 - ???? - "After Meetup": We'll be at Brewer's Cask (1236 Light St Baltimore, MD 21230) for a few drinks.  Brewer's Cask is a few blocks up from the Tech Center.  If you can't make the meetup, you're more than welcome to come hang out afterwards.

If you have any special food or drink requests/requirements, please feel to reach out to either Tim or myself and we'll try and accomodate as best as we can.


E-Moxie - Meetup, organization, and food 
Digital Harbor Foundation - Venue!


View venue and parking

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    A nice, informal introduction to vim. Good for beginners and advanced users.

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Feel free to email me at [masked] if you have questions. Here is a link to the presentation:

    November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone has something specific they'd like me to talk about, feel free to say so in the comments here.

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • Javier R.

      I've never used vim but am interested in making the jump. I'd like to see some intro to mid level workflows.

      November 19, 2013

    • Zane M.

      I don't have anything specific, I just want to know what all the rave is regarding VI. I've grown accustomed to the simplicity of Sublime Text 2, but always opening to make the jump to something that would ease my work flow.

      November 19, 2013

  • Zane M.

    Of all the ones I pick to finally come back to, I pick the venue with street parking...><

    November 19, 2013

  • Jeffrey S.

    I love Vi and use it exclusively. I've always stayed away from IDEs because I lose the Vi-ness. I'd love to see someone integrate Vim with an IDE. IDK if that's on-topic though.

    November 19, 2013

12 went

Our Sponsors

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy