In his last class, he taught you the basics of vi, the powerful *NIX text editor. Now Elias Flootburger returns in this hilarious sequel to theoriginal "Vi 101" tutorial. This time, the good professor has his handsfull with abbreviations, key mappings, autocommands and vi's powerfulvisual mode...not to mention his own out-of-control ego!Note: Most of the material in this article covers vim, the enhanced version of vi that is preinstalled on most modern *NIXes.
I must say, I didn't expect quite such a large turnout for this class - it's been years since I had such an attentive audience for one of my little discourses. And so many unfamiliar faces, too - obviously, you've heard the stories of my rapier wit and overpowering charm, and decided to drop in to see the legend in action for yourself.
Anyway, for those of you who don't know me, let me introduce myself. I am Professor Elias Flootburger, newly appointed Head of this university's Computer Science department, and easily one of the most interesting men on campus. I speak seven languages, run four miles a day, and am currently worth fourteen million dollars, thanks to a very intelligent investment I made in a little biotech company a few years ago. As you might imagine, I rarely have trouble finding a date on Saturday night.
Now that we've established my credentials to teach this class, let's get down to work. If you remember, in last time's class, I compared the vi text editor to a Ferrari, and showed you a few basic tricks designed to get you from point A to point B. But no one in their right mind uses a Ferrari just to go shopping for groceries - and so, in today's class, we're going to throw away the rule book, push the pedal to the floor, and indulge in some really dangerous driving.
God, I'm really good with analogies...
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