Is there a quicker way to create more entries of form { "name": FIELD_NAME, "type": "string" } from a list of words down below, than recording a macro to process each word and then pasting the result in place?

  "namespace": "my-space",
  "type": "record",
  "name": "Transaction",
  "fields": [
    { "name": "transaction_id", "type": "string" }

# Fields

I was hoping for an alternative approach where I could use a template string and then use the list of words to create substituted entry for each, so:

{ "name": "PLACEHOLDER", "type": "string" } => { "name": "first_name", "type": "string" }
                                               { "name": "last_name", "type": "string" }

I'm happy to use the macros, but something along the lines of the above would be more intuitive for me (and hopefully for others, too).


Have you considered using :substitute? First, start with this:

{ "name": "\1", "type": "string" }


Now, on line one, yank to register a: 1G^"a$. On line two, yank to register b: 2G^"b$. Then perform the substitute on the appropriate lines:


Note: <cr> means the enter key and <c-r> means ctrl+r


{ "name": "first_name", "type": "string" }
{ "name": "last_name", "type": "string" }
{ "name": "amount", "type": "string" }
{ "name": "currency", "type": "string" }
{ "name": "transaction_date", "type": "string" }

You could have also used visual block mode, but this method more easily generalizes to multiple fields; you can use \1, \2 up to \9.

  • I see you've edited the answer - your previous approach would work if you add a space, e.g. :1y a<cr> Oct 3 '17 at 16:29
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    Other than that, I really like your approach here, especially when it allows you to capture multiple fields. Thanks! Let's see if anyone comes up with an alternative, otherwise I'll accept the answer. Oct 3 '17 at 16:31
  • @LordTwaroog indeed forgot the space originally. With the space, it works, but requires you to remove the ^M when putting into the command line, which is confusing for a newbie, so I decided 1G^"ay$ is more easily understood.
    – Mass
    Oct 3 '17 at 16:38
  • I see - I didn't experience that, but I'm assuming that's because I'm on a Mac, not Windows. Or maybe that's a NeoVim thing. Oct 4 '17 at 10:37

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