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Draft of Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous

Nov 13, 2015 • posted by Michael Hartl

I’m pleased to announce the availability of a draft of Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous, an introduction to text editors that assumes no prerequisites other than a familiarity with the Unix command line (such as that provided by Learn Enough Command Line to Be Dangerous). Topics include Minimum Viable Vim, an introduction to “modern” text editors like Atom and Sublime Text, and more advanced features like editing source code and global find and replace.

Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous is the second in a series of Learn Enough to Be Dangerous tutorials designed to fulfill the prerequisites of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial. As with the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book, the Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous draft is available in a free online version, and I appreciate any feedback or suggestions you may have, whether you’re a relative beginner or an expert. I especially appreciate bug and typo reports (no matter how small). Please email any feedback to [email protected] After getting feedback on the draft, I expect to incorporate the changes and release a more polished version some time in the next few weeks.

Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)