vi and Vim Editors Pocket Reference: Support for every text editing task Paperback – Feb 6 2011
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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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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.
- 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.