Belgian Vim user group for meetups

A while ago, after reading about some of the meetups organized by VimBerlin and VimLondon, I started wondering if there would be any interest in a similar group for Belgium / Antwerp. Today I asked the question on Twitter and I'd like to ask it here again:

Would there be any interest in a Belgian or Antwerp usergroup for Vim with regular meetups?

Since there are already some good communities for Vim online, such as the vim_use mailinglist, I don't want to start an online community. The idea would be to organize a meetup every once in a while. At first 2 or 3 months, to avoid rushing stuff. During such a meetups we can organize to have a few people give short (15 - 30 minutes) talks about a specific topic related to Vim. These talks can cover a very wide range of topics. such as:

  • core Vim commands (for new users)
  • more exotic commands (such as advanced :g-usage)
  • a presentation of a specific plugin
  • how to efficiently navigate code
  • how to integrate with other specific tools
  • ...

Just to name a few. Ideally we can offer a balance between introduction-level talks, more advanced topics for the average Vim user, to some really hard-core topics.

A good start would be to have a few people who want to give a short talk and one longer so that we can fill one or two hours with talks. Combined with some likely discussion afterwards and some drinks I think that could certainly result in an interesting evening.

So: Please let me know if you are interested in joining such a meetup and if you want to do a short (or longer) talk about any topic related to Vim. Just add a comment to this blogpost or send me a tweet: @teranex or you can find me at FOSDEM on Saturday and Sunday.

If there is interest I will organize the first evening (and probably give one of the talks) in one or two months. As for a location, that's no problem as we can use the Inuits office (Antwerp) with room for at least 30 people.

Update: As a first step, I created the @VimBelgium Twitter account to communicate about the meetups. I'll also post some useful tips from time to time. So if you are interested in the concept, please follow @VimBelgium on Twitter.


Jef Claes's picture

If it's somewhere nearby, I might come and have a look, since I have only used vim by accident, and failed at it tremendously :)

paul's picture

I will be there, and can give a tutorial for newbies if you like.
(I never read twitter, so please announce date+location also on this blog.)

Bert Van Vreckem's picture

Sounds interesting, but maybe a bit too specialised?

I would try to come every now and then, but life usually gets in the way (3 small kids, don't allow us to do many evening activities)...

Dimitri Vanoverbeke's picture

Of course this could be a very interesting thing to attend. I'm not saying I would be attending every time, but why not!

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