It has been a looooong time since the last time I wrote a wizard log, yet I haven’t been idle. Not quite. But some context may be needed.
Last year I embarqued on a quest of sorts: I wanted to make Vim more approachable to everyone. So I started writing Wizards Use Vim, an introductory book to Vim that teaches you all you need to know to be an effective Vim user in a fun and light manner.
But after a couple of months of intense writing I had another idea. If I really wanted to make Vim approachable to developers, I better find developers where they are. And so I built a bridge towards Vim in the form of a new book: Boost Your Coding Fu With VSCode and Vim.
Jaime. Procrastinator Level Epic.
The original idea was that Boost Your Coding Fu was going to be a very short book, very drafty, like one of those 30 pages books some people give away to get readers subscribed to their blog. But once I started writing it I couldn’t help myself, so I wrote it and started improving it, iterating, reviewing, perfecting it some more, and it ended up been a very solid book which I completed in July together with:
- A page to act as a hub for the book
- An online version of the book open for anybody to read, learn and enjoy
- A cheatsheet with all the stuff covered within the book
- Lots of videos with step by step VSCodeVim tutorials
- An experimental podcast where I narrate the book
And had great reviews from readers:
I simply don’t know how to express my fascination about the vscodevim book.
The only thing that I can say right now is thank you and congratulations.
I was searching for some vim information and then I found your book, explaining exactly what I needed (cause I’m using vscode lol).
I brought it for the lowest prize cause I’m not in my better days. Now I finished reading, I wish I could give 3 times more.
Hey, I just finished reading your book about VSCode and Vim. I read it in 2 days, was a pleasure to read it and also very valuable, I like your way of teaching, definitely works for me.
Only one chapter in, but I’m already a big fan of @Vintharas ‘s vim vscode book.
So… Yep. This whole thing kind of derailed a little. What started as the idea for a super short book to help vscode users get a feel for Vim and how it can make you a more productive developer, ended up becoming a shitload of work and content.
And therefore, with all this time invested in Boost Your Coding Fu plus the super tough life as a parent of a wonderful toddler, Wizards Use Vim has been pretty much frozen. Up until now that is! :D For I shall come back to it and finish the shit out of it. This is the current status of the book with 250-ish pages:
- Intro. Draft complete
- Part I. Vim Apprentice. Draft complete
- Part II. Vim Master. About 30% draft completed
- Part III. Vim Grandmaster. Only an outline
My next goal for the upcoming three months is to:
- Create a draft for the complete book
- First Review, editing and add exercises
- Second Review, editing and add illustrations
- Complete final cover
- Complete full print cover
- Publish in print
And that will be my sole focus come 2020. So hold tight because there’s some amazing Vim content coming your way and lots of updates as I progress throughout these goals.
Written by Jaime González García , Dad, Husband, Front-end software engineer, UX designer, amateur pixel artist, tinkerer and master of the arcane arts. You should follow him on Twitter where he shares useful stuff! (and is funny too).Follow @vintharas