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Video Screencasts for Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous

Mar 15, 2016 • posted by Michael Hartl

The humble yet essential text editor is perhaps the most important item in every computer magician’s bag of tricks. Although this subject is well-served by a written tutorial, there’s nothing like video screencasts to really bring text editors to life. Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of the Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous video screencasts.

The full Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous video series includes almost an hour and a half of video, covering not only all the subjects in the written tutorial but also the kind of tips & tricks that are hard to capture in print form.

To get an idea of what the screencasts include, I’ve uploaded a short preview to YouTube here:

Topics include:

  • Minimum Viable Vim
  • The Most Important Vim Command
  • Basics of the Atom, Sublime Text, and Cloud9 editors
  • Worked examples of moving around, selecting text, and cut/copy/paste
  • Saving your bacon with Undo
  • Finding and replacing, both in single files and project-wide
  • Autocomplete and tab triggers
  • Writing source code
  • How to extend your shell with a real executable Bash script

The full price for the Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous screencasts is $12, which you can also buy bundled with the ebooks for $19:

Although the Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous screencasts are designed for complete beginners, in the nearly 90 minutes of content there’s also lots of material that even more experienced users will find valuable, including coverage of Minimum Viable Vim and a thorough introduction to “modern” text editors like Atom and Sublime. Enjoy!

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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.)