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Vi iMproved (VIM) [Paperback]

Steve Oualline
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Book Description

April 11 2001 0735710015 978-0735710016 1

Real Linux users don't use GUIs. No matter how popular, slick and sophisticated the interfaces become for Linux and UNIX, you'll always need to be able to navigate in a text editor. The vi editor is the original standard UNIX full screen editor. It's been around almost since UNIX began and it has changed very little. To get around the limitations of vi the people at Bram Moolenaar created the vim editor (the name stand for VI iMproved). It contains many more features than the old vi editor including: help, multiple windows, syntax highlighting, programmer support, and HTML support. All of the books published to date focus on vi alone not the expanded vim shipping with every major Linux distribution. In true New Riders' form, the vim reference will be a definitive, concise reference for the professional Linux user and developer. This tutorial takes a task oriented approach allowing you to learn only the commands that make your job easier.


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Real Linux users don't use GUIs. No matter how popular, slick and sophisticated the interfaces become for Linux and UNIX, you'll always need to be able to navigate in a text editor. The vi editor is the original standard UNIX full screen editor. It's been around almost since UNIX began and it has changed very little. To get around the limitations of vi the people at Bram Moolenaar created the vim editor (the name stand for VI iMproved). It contains many more features than the old vi editor including: help, multiple windows, syntax highlighting, programmer support, and HTML support. All of the books published to date focus on vi alone not the expanded vim shipping with every major Linux distribution. In true New Riders' form, the vim reference will be a definitive, concise reference for the professional Linux user and developer. This tutorial takes a task oriented approach allowing you to learn only the commands that make your job easier.

About the Author

Steve Qualline is the author of many programming and Linux related books. He is a professional software engineer, author, and educator. Currently, he works for a large software company as a quality engineer devising ways to improve the quality and reliability of the code produced by their programmers. He is also an avid blimp enthusiast as well as a volunteer steam locomotive engineer on the Poway-Midland Railroad. http://www.qualine.com.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Vim April 27 2004
Format:Paperback
I keep going back to this book again and again and that is one of it's strengths. It lays down a foundation of understanding, and then as you grow with the editor you go back to it to learn a little more about how you can customize your environment.
I particularly like the chapter 8 which covers abbreviations, keyboard mapping, and initialization files. It's well written and the effect is that I have saved a lot of time on my common workflows.
Upside, this book has made me a better Vim user. Downside is that the book could be even better than it is. The organization could be a bit stronger and there could be more expansive reference material. That being said. If you are a Vim user it is definitely worth the money.
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I have used this book in a Windows environment; a few years of on-again-off again coding. I agree with the reviewer who found the book very disorganized. I am ordering the old edition of the O'Reilly book on the vi editor (a very small book, better than the newest edition and less than 5 bucks) because I found it more helpful than this book (!!).
I will try to go through it (yet) again, because I like vim, and recognize its power. I just downloaded TextPad and tried it for the first time in probably 4 years, and I am running back to vim after less than an hour of TextPad (the "dd" command of vim to delete a line has become essential to me :) ).
So, buy the book, but use the web and the excellent listserv to understand vim.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable!! Sept. 26 2003
Format:Paperback
Vim is an exceedingly powerful, but somewhat esoteric text editor. You can make it do almost *anything*, provided you know how. I found this book to be indispensable in doing that, since it presents everything in an organized way.
This book does not replace a good google search or the online documentation. Instead its a great way to learn what Vim can do, and how to get about it. A must for any programmer's bookshelf.
Vi rules!
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By Rod Doe
Format:Paperback
This book was the ticket to admission to the Linux world. To use Linux, one must immediately be competent with a text editor that runs on Linux. For me, a Windows developer who had used vi a decade or so ago on an HP-UX system but had successfully forgotten everything, this book allowed me to regain my vi-ish skills on Windows during my day job so I could productively goof around on Linux at night.
Other reviewers noted errors. To me, there were no big, hairy errors. This book yielded a positive learning experience. I shudder to think where I would be now without it. I had considered the purchase of a $... Linux version of a commercial editor that I use on Windows, but decided to give this book a try before I made the big investment. This proved to be a good decision, because now I eschew the expensive commercial editor and use vim as my text editor on Windows and Linux.
My only complaint with this situation is not with the book, but with me. Now, my fingers 'think' in vim, and those fingers 'think' much faster that my brain thinks. This works quite well when in vim, but not so well elsewhere...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't like the long command name Aug. 29 2002
By C. L.
Format:Paperback
One main reason people use vi/vim is that by using few key strokes you can do your editing job. In this book, author choose to teach you how to do things using the longest command available. For example, :split instead of :sp; :buffer instead of :b ...
It will be nice if author at least mentioned the alternative.
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I had extremely high hopes for this book. I spend at least 12 hours a day using vim. My hope was that I'd learn a couple new things that would help me use vim more efficiently, or macros, or whatever.
Unfortunately, this book is really not written for an experienced vim user. It is written for somebody who is scared of vi in general and needs a book to start with. The author goes over such mundane details as "how to get out of insert mode" to a horrifying degree.
I didn't really learn anything reading this book. Vim comes with exceptional documentation, and this book seems to be nothing more than a digestion of that documentation.
I really would recommend against this book for all but the very new-to-unix user.
Oh, and the occasional commentary throughout the book about how unix vim isnt "smart enough" to do something the windows vim does just made me sick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have to have major sack to use vi June 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I haven't read this book but am considering buying it. What I don't like is seeing some review that gives the book one star just because it was hard to do something. It took the guy "20 minutes" to figure it out. Some men would look at the source code if they didn't know how to do something in vi not read some book. You should be greatful to the author for writing this book because you aren't reading the sourcecode, you aren't even reading the man page.
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By Cameron
Format:Paperback
This book is poorly structured, for example, as a newbie I tried to figure out how I could insert a file into my current buffer... simple operation, yet with this book it took me 20 minutes before I literally stumbled accross the appropriate place in the book. This book is not organized well and it hurts. Further, the author doesn't explain VI concepts well at all. The reference part is just as dis-oraganized as the rest... just try to find what you are looking for. What made me write this review is that I just wasted another 10 minutes looking for how I can have two buffers open (but not two windows) Anyway, I've given up on this book ... perhaps I can get a refund? Any other suggestions?
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