Saturday, July 21, 2012

Vim Geeks this Wednesday! New location! Free food! Git! Exclamation marks!

JUST THE FACTS

WHAT:   St. Louis Vim Geeks
        - Integrating Vim & Git: Fugitive
        - Getting Way Beyond Started

WHERE:  CAIT  ** New Location! See below! **

WHEN:   Wednesday, July 25th, at 6:30pm

RSVP:   http://www.meetup.com/vimgeeks/

FANCY NEW DIGS

Remember how excited you were when you first heard there was a Vim group in St. Louis? (I know — it was a little overwhelming.) But then came the crushing disappointment: The meetings were actually in... Illinois.

Well, the days of crushing disappointment are over! The bullheaded Illinois holdouts (that'd be me and Steve) have finally been coerced^Wconvinced to move the Vim Geeks meeting to the other side of the Big Scary River.

That's right — the St. Louis Vim Geeks are now meeting in... um... St. Louis. Heh.

Our new home is at CAIT, a.k.a Wash U's Center for the Application of Information Technology, and it's pretty great. Lots of space, all the amenities, a large attached parking garage (with bonus cool spiral exit ramp), and all in a nice central part of town that's easy to get to no matter what part of the Greater St. Louis Area you're coming from. There's even a MetroLink stop just a few feet away.

TOPICS & TALKS

Here's what we'll be doing this Wednesday in our new locale:

  • Matt Follett will take us on a tour of Fugitive, a Git plugin for Vim that's (to quote its not-even-slightly-modest creator) "so awesome it should be illegal." Even that doesn't do it justice. If you use git (and even if you don't currently use Vim), you owe it to yourself to check out Fugitive.
  • Steven Pritchard and I will be sticking a little closer to the essentials, showing how to get Vim installed and configured wherever you may need it, and how to start taking maximum advantage of it as quickly as possible. (Okay, it's really more of an excuse for us to show off a whole bunch of cool stuff you can do to make Vim stand up and dance, all jammed into a single presentation, because we just can't help ourselves.)

EATS & LOOT

If that's not enough to whet your appetite, then how about free food and free stuff? We'll have lots of crazy-good pizza from Dewey's Pizza (so don't forget to RSVP so we know how much to get), and even a few giveaways to celebrate our change in venue.

WHEN, WHERE, & HOW

We'll be meeting at 6:30pm this Wednesday, July 25th, in Classroom 24 at CAIT. Here's the address:

CAIT (The Center for the Application of Information Technology)
Classroom 24
5 N. Jackson Ave
St. Louis, Missouri 63105

CAIT on Google Maps

Forsyth MetroLink Station

CAIT also provides detailed driving directions and parking information . (Don't worry about the parking permit stuff. It doesn't apply to us.)

Make sure you RSVP, so we know how much pizza to order!

See you there!

Thanks,
Bill

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