What have I gotten myself into?

by Hilla Duka

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I've attended, and somehow ended up helping out with, the last two vim meetups in stockholm. I'm not much of an avid vim user, but I use it when I need to, and I appreciate a lot of the functions it offers. I'm not really sure what I think of having an editor that it somehow a language in itself, but there are times when I've been happy that I know how to (slowly) manoeuvre my way about files using vim.

 

My editor of choice when it comes to writing code normally is Sublime, and I must confess that I don't know all of it's shortcuts yet, so learning some vim might seem like jumping the gun a bit. And maybe it is. But we do a lot of pair programming at my work, and some of us use Sublime while others are avid vim users. Being able to at least use it seemed wise.

 

Only, at the last meetup, I somehow agreed to do a lightning talk on Vim for absolute beginners. I really have to work on learning to say no. What could I possibly have to say on vim that would be of benefit to anyone? I don't have an issue with talking in front of people (being a teacher kind of knocks that out of you), but in this case I have no idea what I will talk about, and contacting the hosts to tell them it's a terrible mistake and I really have nothing to talk about and am the completely wrong choice for a speaker seems very much the right thing to do...

 

But chickening out isn't really my kind of thing, so most likely I'll end up doing the talk anyway, to everyone's dismay.

 

And when my stomach churns and feels like it's home to a thousand butterflies, I'll do well to remember Jonathan in this picture. The two smaller ones are wrecking havoc around him, and he's meditating. Don't ask me where he learned it, I never meditate. But he seems to enjoy it, and if it brings him some inner peace, I should probably take a leaf out of his book and give it a try!


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