Publishing flamebait [Fwd: Pragmatic Bookshelf releases "FromJava To Ruby"]

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Thu Jun 29 14:20:58 MDT 2006


On Thu, 29 Jun 2006 at 13:30 -0600, Michael L Torrie wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-06-29 at 13:21 -0600, Carl Youngblood wrote:
> > On 6/29/06, Michael L Torrie <torriem at chem.byu.edu> wrote:
> > > Dr. Scott Woodfield in the BYU CS dept is one person who will blow
> > > anyone out of the water using vim.  Watching what he can do with vim
> > > amazes me.  Honestly, eclipse would just slow him down (although he
> > > might be using eclipse for nice build-tool integration these days; I
> > > don't know).
> > 
> > Would you be willing to do a screencast of Dr. Woodfield's vim magic
> > sometime?  That would be great.  I bet a half-hour session with audio
> > would easily be long enough to learn all sorts of awesome tricks.
> 
> The problem is if you ask him how he does something, he has to think
> about it for about 5 minutes as it's all in his muscle memory.  I doubt
> half the keystrokes even reach is brain; the spinal cord just knows what
> to do!  I have heard him say on occasion that part of the speed comes
> from the dual-mode operation of vim, and due to simple, single-character
> commands (that can be modified by numbers and other commands) that
> combine to really make text editing fly. 

The keypresses could be recorded and a transcript provided (or maybe
even scrolling along the bottom of the screencast. The real trick would
be giving an editing task sufficiently broad to excercise most of the
useful commands.


-- 
Hans Fugal ; http://hans.fugal.net
 
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the 
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
    -- Johann Sebastian Bach
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