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Learning the vi and Vim Editors (edition 2008)

by Arnold Robbins, Elbert Hannah, Linda Lamb

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vi and its derivatives are perhaps the most important family of text editors in the programming community. With this updated guide, Unix and Linux users will learn text editing basics for both vi and Vim ("vi improved") before moving onto advanced editing tools for each editor. Authors Elbert Hannah and Arnold Robbins cover the latest major releases of Vim, including 8.0 and 8.2. Whether youíre a programmer or computer analyst or you work with browsers or command-line interfaces, youíll examine multiwindow editing, global search and replacement, power tools for programmers, and how to write interactive macros and scripts to extend the editoróall in the easy-to-follow style thatís made this book a classic. Go beyond the basics to learn which vi commands fit your specific needs Learn advanced vi tools that shift some of the editing burden to the computer Explore Vim tools that provide major improvements over vi Examine Vimís multiwindow editing feature, a significant upgrade over vi Use Vim scripts to customize and tailor Vim to suit your needs Look at Vim in modern GUI environments with Graphical Vim (gvim)… (more)
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Title:Learning the vi and Vim Editors
Authors:Arnold Robbins
Other authors:Elbert Hannah, Linda Lamb
Info:O'Reilly Media (2008), Edition: 7, Paperback, 496 pages
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Essential reference if you use vi, Vim, Neovim, or any of the family of vi clones and forks for editing on a UNIX, Linux, or macOS system. ( )
  wyclif | Sep 22, 2021 |
Definitely showing its age; the first third of the book exclusively discusses vi (not vim), to the extent that a lot of it becomes superceded by the rest of the book. The author has a serious hard-on for `troff`, one in three examples of how to do things with vi(m) is "how to format for troff", which doesn't help the relevancy issue.

Because I was reading on an ebook, the other egregious problem was a huge chunk of the book devoted to vile, kyle, elvis, and other weird vi-clones, none of which really seem to exist anymore. It's really hard to skim on an ebook, which is why I mention this.

BUT after you've got past all my nitpicking, the book is pretty good. If you're already an advanced vim-user, you probably won't get much out of it, but it's worth a skim to see if you're missing any fundamentals. I'd highly suggest the chapter on ex-commands, even if you don't look at the rest of book; I finished the book this morning and have already found a use for them.

I wanted to recommend this book, but honestly you'd probably do better just searching for vim blog posts. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
I've only just started reading this one, but I've skimmed quite a bit of it for useful tidbits. It's definitely the first good solid book on Vim that I've found. If you're a die hard Unix-head, you should definitely pick this up unless you already know Vim inside and out. ( )
  tlockney | Feb 5, 2012 |
This book took me from a frustrated vi novice to a power user and vi convert very quickly. Every UNIX user should get one (unless they know they will have access to,and want to use, emacs everywhere they work) ( )
  alecclews | Aug 16, 2009 |
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[Seventh Edition] "[T]he coverage is comprehensive and Vim is greatly expanded upon; especially useful as it is almost synonymous with its command-line cousin Vi these days. ... 9/10"
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vi and its derivatives are perhaps the most important family of text editors in the programming community. With this updated guide, Unix and Linux users will learn text editing basics for both vi and Vim ("vi improved") before moving onto advanced editing tools for each editor. Authors Elbert Hannah and Arnold Robbins cover the latest major releases of Vim, including 8.0 and 8.2. Whether youíre a programmer or computer analyst or you work with browsers or command-line interfaces, youíll examine multiwindow editing, global search and replacement, power tools for programmers, and how to write interactive macros and scripts to extend the editoróall in the easy-to-follow style thatís made this book a classic. Go beyond the basics to learn which vi commands fit your specific needs Learn advanced vi tools that shift some of the editing burden to the computer Explore Vim tools that provide major improvements over vi Examine Vimís multiwindow editing feature, a significant upgrade over vi Use Vim scripts to customize and tailor Vim to suit your needs Look at Vim in modern GUI environments with Graphical Vim (gvim)

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