I've been using
vimand its predecessor
vifor fifteen years at least, and I still learned a bunch of new tricks, yet the screencast starts out with some really basic stuff like how to learn to type quickly, making it good for beginners as well. My main takeaway was that Tim Pope's
rails.vimis terrific, and that everybody should use
ctags, and the Snipmate plugin, Ben's use of
vimis very smooth and productive. Ben also shows how to use
vim, which is a very nice improvement.
I think the screencast could have used more detail on how to download and install plugins, and a little bit of info on configuring
.vimrcand syntax highlighting. (I also hear praise for the
NERDtreeplugin from people who use
vimmore than I do.) Overall, though, I think Ben's screencast is a nice bit of training, and certainly goes deeper than the average 5-minute Railscast. Peepcode has a great little screencast on
emacs, but nothing on
Ben also created a video on how to use Amazon S3 in a Rails app, and I'll be reviewing that soon.