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.
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.
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... Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Jack D. Herrington
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by anonymous object
Vim is an exceedingly powerful, but somewhat esoteric text editor. You can make it do almost *anything*, provided you know how. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2003 by Brinda Ganesh
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2002 by C. L.
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Jane Avriette
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. Read morePublished on June 14 2002
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... Read morePublished on April 8 2002 by Cameron
I've been a vi/vim user on and off for the past 3 years at school and whenever I was accessing a server on the production floor. Read morePublished on March 14 2002 by Kenneth Wong
This book truly contains everything you ever wanted to know about the Vim editor. I have been using Vim for 5 or 6 years (I've written two books using it!). Read morePublished on July 18 2001 by Dwayne Phillips