[opensource] Vim @ Ohio LinuxFest next week

Steven Pritchard steve at silug.org
Mon Aug 29 14:27:00 EDT 2011

[Apologies for the intrusion and the cross-post.  Hi, I'm Steve from
SILUG, StLouis.pm, and various other groups.  I'm going to be in your
area next week.]

Ohio LinuxFest 2011 is coming up next week, September 9-11.  As part of
OLF Institute, Bill Odom and I will be teaching a full-day class on Vim
on Friday, September 9.  If you're like I was a year or so ago, and you
think you know Vim just because you've been using vi forever, you really
need to come to our class.  Some of the things you can do with Vim will
just blow your mind.  (And if you don't even know vi, the class will be
life-changing.  :-)

The main conference is on Saturday, September 10.  At 2PM, we'll have a
special Vim Geeks Columbus BoF session which, like the rest of the
conference on Saturday, you can attend for free.

For more information about the Vim class, see


For more information about OLF 2011, see the web site:


For more information about Vim Geeks, our local (just the St. Louis area
so far) Vim users group, see


The full class description follows:

                    VIM: From Essentials to Mastery

Instructors: Steven Pritchard and Bill Odom

Vim deserves its reputation as one of the most powerful tools in an
admin or developer's toolbox -- but it's not exactly friendly and
approachable. Even long-time users rarely employ more than a fraction of
its capabilities, and new users are often left wondering why so many
apparently-sane people won't shut up about how awesome it is. The stark
UI, the steep learning curve, the host of idiosyncrasies... mastering
Vim is a challenge, and that's putting it politely.

In this class, you'll learn why it's worth the effort.

We'll start by covering the essentials of Vim, like modes, motions,
operators, and commands, with an emphasis on *why* Vim works the way it
does in addition to *how* it works. With the fundamentals firmly
established, we'll work our way through real-world examples of using Vim
to perform astounding feats that poor souls using lesser editors can
only imagine. We'll cover ways to integrate Vim with your environment,
tailor it to your work, and generally bend it to your every whim. We'll
discuss important settings, advanced techniques, useful customizations,
handy scripts, must-have plugins, crafty tips, and sneaky tricks.

In short, we'll explore how to use Vim most effectively, so it lives up
to the awesome reputation that you'll soon be telling all your
disbelieving friends about.

Bios: Steven Pritchard has nearly two decades of Linux and Unix
experience.  A dedicated Open Source advocate, he founded the Southern
Illinois Linux Users Group in 1994 and has been a volunteer developer
with Red Hat's Fedora Project since it began in 2003. He is also an
author of the award winning LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 2nd
Ed (O'Reilly & Associates). Steven currently offers his technical
services through the Computer Room, a retail technical sales and service
company outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

Bill Odom has over two decades of experience as a systems architect and
software developer, working on everything from wiki software for
Internet startups to global identity management solutions for Fortune
500 companies. He's also a long-time member of the Open Source
community, an active member (and periodic leader) of several user groups
in the St. Louis area, and served as president of the Perl Foundation
from 2005 through 2007.

Steven and Bill are both long-time users and advocates of Vim, and are
the founders of the St. Louis Vim Geeks. They've given several
well-received presentations, tutorials, and classes on Vim to many
Midwest organizations.
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