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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (Feb. 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449392172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449392178
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
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Support for every text editing task

About the Author

Arnold Robbins is a professional programmer and technical author who has worked with Unix systems since 1980 and has been using AWK since 1987. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. Arnold is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. He is coauthor of the sixth edition of O'Reilly's Learning the vi Editor.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost Non-Existent Index Dec 2 2011
By Kevin - Published on
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I am quite familiar with vi and somewhat familiar with vim's extensions so I'm extremely frustrated by this book's lack of a functional Index. I specifically logged on to rag on the total lack of a useable Index only to find that the only other review at the time (by Purple Prussian) voices the exact same frustration. I won't say that there isn't some useful info in the book, but finding it is the problem. A reference has to be reference-able, and I find that, like this book, many of the O'Reilly Pocket References suffer from this problem having useful info that cannot be referenced. Get your act together O'Reilly editors and stop publishing pocket references without comprehensive indices.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Pocket Reference" is misnomer: Oct. 20 2011
By Purple Prussian - Published on
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I think of a reference like I think of a dictionary: a place where I can go look things up quickly and directly. Even though this is a brief reference, it ought to have an Index that contains a least the most common terms, like "search", "scripts", or "operators". Yet it has none of these. The back cover even states "A full index". Sadly, it doesn't even come close. I'd like a "full index", but this isn't even a minimal index.

I'm not saying it doesn't have useful information - it appears that it might. But I'll need to read a bunch of it and get familiar with it to be able to use it as a reference. Quick and easy access is everything (e.g. Google and Amazon). This just doesn't measure up as a quick reference.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a few suggestions for improvement Feb. 20 2013
By Eduardo M. - Published on
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I understand this book is useful for experienced programmers trying to refresh their memories, but I would like to suggest a few things which could make this pocket reference more independent of its excellent companion "Learning the vi and Vim Editors", and therefore more helpful to newcomers:

- add, at the very beginning, a section on the :help command and some related searches, such as :h tutor, :h quickref, or :h vim-modes;

- add, whenever possible, a reference to a help file to each section;

- expand on the explanation of the different modes. For the life of me, I could not find a single reference on Vim's Visual mode! Do this and there would be no need for a longer index;

- add sections on the .vimrc file, the structure of the ~/.vim directory, and on installing plugins;

- expand the description of some sections to give a hint to beginners on what that is all about. For example: when I first read the section "Enhanced Tags and Tag Stacks", on page 23, I walked out with no idea of what a tag stack could mean in the context of Vim! This may sound silly, but a short definition at the beginning of each section may be useless to the experienced programmer, but it makes a difference for the beginner.

Even if all the suggestions above add another 80 pages to the next edition, the book would still be short - but it could then appeal to a larger audience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Feb. 12 2015
By F. Fleming - Published on
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Neither the index nor the layout is very good, so this book is pretty much a failure. Not up to O'Reilly's usually stellar quality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't regret getting, but probably wouldn't recommend it either. April 25 2015
By Mike B. - Published on
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Has useful information on command line options, and some editing commands, but doesn't appear to be complete even for everyday operations such as moving the cursor around. I've learned some things I can use, but I've had to use other sources for things like copy/paste of a block of text. Seems to be more concerned with differences between variants than in telling you what you want to know to use vi or vim...especially if you are new to them. The variants thing makes it harder to find what you are looking for too...the vi commands are in one section, and the vim ones are in would be more useful to have them organized by function, with tags saying which editors support each of them so you don't have to know which editor they appeared in to find them.