Coming Soon On Udemy: Mastering the Helix Editor: A Comprehensive Guide to Efficient Code Editing


Welcome to “Mastering the Helix Editor: A Comprehensive Guide to Efficient Code Editing”! This Udemy course is designed for professional programmers who want to enhance their coding experience and productivity.

Whether you are new to Helix or an experienced user looking to level up your skills, this course will provide you with the knowledge and techniques to become a proficient Helix user.

About your instructor


Hello, I’m David Else, a freelance developer and a proud contributor to the Helix project on GitHub. I’m also an experienced Udemy instructor, and my course on the music production software Nebula has received a fantastic rating of 4.4/5.

As a passionate advocate of Helix, I’m excited to share with you all the incredible capabilities it has to offer.

What You Will Learn

In this course, you will learn everything you need to know to become a master of the Helix editor. Click the headings below for more details:

An Introduction to Helix and Modal Editing

We will start with an introduction to Helix and its key features, exploring what sets it apart from other editors. You will discover the power of modal editing and how it enables you to type at the speed of thought. We will compare the Helix “selection → action” model with the traditional Vim model, giving you a solid understanding of the editing paradigm.

Installing Helix, Language Servers, and Command-line Formatting Programs

Next, we will dive into the installation process, guiding you through the steps to set up Helix on Linux, macOS, and Windows. You will also learn how to install third-party language servers and command-line programs to enhance your coding experience.

The User Interface, Efficient Document Navigation, and Using Language Servers

Once you have Helix up and running, we will explore the user interface and important beginner concepts. You will learn about file operations, different editing modes, undo and redo operations, and efficient document navigation techniques. We will cover search and replace functionality, using multiple cursors and selections, and leveraging language server functionality for code navigation, completion, and documentation.

Advanced Editing Techniques

As you progress through the course, you will master advanced editing techniques such as navigation using Tree-Sitter text objects, selecting text with precision, using registers to store text and data, manipulating surrounding characters for quick edits, and utilizing commands and motions to navigate and manipulate code. We will also delve into advanced search and filtering capabilities with regular expressions.

Shell Integration

In addition to editing code, we will explore how to expand the possibilities of the Helix editor by integrating with the system’s shell. You will learn how to run shell commands, pipe and redirect output, and leverage practical examples with GNU Core Utilities, Git, and ChatGPT.

Customization and Integrating third-party Tools

Customization is a key aspect of any editor, and Helix is no exception. We will cover customizing language servers, personalizing Helix’s appearance and behavior, and customizing keybindings to create personalized workflows. You will also learn how to leverage a local config file for personalized settings.

Version control is an essential part of software development, and we will explore how Helix integrates with Git. You will learn about ignoring files, utilizing the built-in Git gutters for visualizing changes, mastering the :reset-diff-change command for advanced undos, and exploring third-party TUIs like Lazygit for advanced Git management.

Finally, we will conclude the course with a recap of key concepts and features covered, and provide you with additional resources for further learning and exploring advanced topics.

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