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Ultimate Guide to the VI and EX Text Editors

by Hewlett-Packard

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Before I get into the content of the book, I would like to point out some problems it had with the typesetting. There was one point in the book where the same section was repeated twice, right after itself. The second paragraph was a lot shorter, it was basically a rewording of the first paragraph of the first section. A few times also, the word "the" came doubled up, right next to each other, not even split across lines.

But, I don't know what was available in 1990 to typeset technical manuals, so I'll let that go.

The actual content of the book is very good, and has stood up to time very well (granted, vi has not changed much in the last twenty years), the book even serves as a good introduction to vim.

But, back to the bad stuff, from what I can tell, it was written by many different authors. Who didn't talk to each other very much. While this doesn't make the content of the book any worse, it can be annoying, the same stuff is repeated all over. By the time you're done the book you'll know for sure that "hat" is a term for a circumflex, (^) it's mentioned in every section that the circumflex is mentioned.

All in all, it's a good book, and from what I understand, it was the only decent book for vi at the time. I'm not sure how true this is now though. Personally, if you're looking for an introduction to vim, get a copy of vimtutor (here it is: http://www2.geog.ucl.ac.uk/~mdisney/teaching/unix/vimtutor or run `vimtutor` from the command line). If you need a book on plain vi, this is probably your best option. This is also a good book if you are interested in ex, there are not many resources online for it. ( )
  jeffayle | Aug 10, 2010 |
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