Char search in Emacs as in Vim

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In VIM there is a command for char search: f. After first use it can be repeated with ;. I like to navigate in line with it. You see that you need to go to bracket in a middle of a line - you press f( and one-two ; and you are there. There's no such command in Emacs, so I had to write my own. I've managed even to implement repetition with ;.

    (setq last-search-forward-char nil)

    (defun search-forward-char-continue ()
      (interactive)
      (if (and last-search-forward-char (or (eq (symbol-function last-command) (symbol-function 'search-forward-char))
              (eq last-command this-command)))
          (search-forward-char last-search-forward-char)
        (progn
          (insert ";")
          (setq last-search-forward-char nil))))

    (global-set-key (kbd "M-s") 'search-forward-char)
    (global-set-key (kbd ";") 'search-forward-char-continue)

Key word here is last-command. Using the same principle other commands also can be assigned to same key.

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