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Hacking Vim 7.2 Paperback – April 29, 2010
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In the preface of the book it is stated that the intended audience of the book is intermediate to experienced Vim users and considering the subtitle "Ready-to-use hacks with solutions for common situations encountered by users of the Vim editor" I was lead to believe is a book for those that had been around block and need hands-on examples of production boosters. In my mind I expected it to be a kind of cookbook with small recipes for distinct problems. This is most likely because I have just read the excellent "PHP phrasebook" by Christian Wenz and "Python Phrasebook" by Brad Dayley which both does a great job in this genre of ready-to-use books oriented to more experienced users. The reason I find these books so great are that they acknowledge that the reader is intermediate to experienced and heads straight for the recipes leaving the basics behind. After having read "Having Vim 7.2' I am not as convinced that "Hacking Vim 7.2' succeeded as well in this genre as it dwells too much at the basics in my opinion, but I will return to this later.
A short review of the chapters
The first chapter starts of with a historical insight to Vim and while this can be interesting it seems a bit out of focus for this "ready-to-use hacks with solutions" book. I did not really feel very exited after having read this chapter, but luckily this was followed by the excellent second chapter "Personalizing Vim". This second chapter dives head first into actual Vim hacking with a bunch of well described small hacks to the standard setup including color highlighting, gvim menu hacking and font changing.Read more ›
Hacking Vim bills itself as a recipe book. While it provides quite a few good ones, it seems to be organized more like a tutorial, using the examples to walk through some of the cooler features of vim. That said, the recipes it provides are very useful and a good number have made it into my ~/.vimrc.
I found some examples to be overly contrived. The author could have done a better job relating samples to real-world situations. I also wish it had gone into more depth when explaining some examples early on. If you don't skip ahead and read the section on vim scripting (or know it already), there are a few traps in the examples.
For all that, though, my now heavily dog-eared and ruffled copy was well worth the money. Like other books from the same publisher, Hacking Vim stays on subject, maintaining its focus and pragmatism. Definitely a good source of worthwhile tips.
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A lot of cool stuff here....but a lot of typos! There are numerous spots where the code and instructions that the author wrote will not actually work in vim.Published 24 days ago by Christopher B. Heithoff
I love it because it presents tons of VIM material in a well-constructed sequence.
Long time user of vi, I wanted all of the plugins and code refactoring tools. Read more