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Run shell commands from Vim & even get the output of the command back into Vim (Video)

Benjamin Kadel
Programmer (Android Developer at the moment), Tech Evangelist, Speaker, Educator, YouTuber
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New Video Series

I am creating a new (hopefully fun/energetic) YouTube series about Vim Tips. In particular small easily consumable Tips & Tricks in Vim to help you become a better Vim-er. This series is for Beginners & Intermediate Vim users alike and will hopefully expose/highlight some of Vim's massive (maybe even lesser known) functionality with explanations & examples.

The main aim of this series is to help people learn about the POWER that Vim gives you, which more often than not is somewhat difficult to find on your own, so this series is about pointing out that (& more) functionality...

This Video

This first video is (as the title says) about how to trigger Shell (bash/sh terminal commands) from within the comfort of Vim without having to exit the program or which to a different window or put Vim into the background. This video will even show you the very powerful functionality that lets you run a command and bring the output of the command right back into the Vim editor (for example running the ls command and bringing the results into the file you are editing).

I hope you enjoy this video, please let me know if you do and if you would want more of it...

The Video


If you have ANY feedback or questions at all please let me know in the comments below or reach out to me on twitter:

My Twitter (@ben_kadel)

Or if you want to see more videos from my channel then here you go:

My Youtube Channel

Thanks for reading and possibly watching!

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