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Vi(1) Tips,: Essential Vi/Vim Editor Skills Paperback


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: devGuide.net (October 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8360869006
  • ISBN-13: 978-8360869000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,528,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacek Artymiak has written over 100 articles and over 20 books on Drupal, Google Docs, Linux, OpenBSD, OpenOffice.org. His books on OpenBSD have sold in over 25,000 copies worldwide.

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Jacek Artymiak has written more than 100 articles and more than a dozen books on Linux, OpenBSD, OpenOffice.org, Open Source, firewalls, networking, security, and system administration.

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Its a very basic introduction to vim. It can be termed .101 [the dot intended]. Please dont waste money on this.
You can learn a lot more by browsing tips at [...], and a little patience.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KN on November 15, 2008
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This book is aimed clearly at Unix system administrators and users of Unix or Unix-like systems who desire an editor that is available every where they work. The book is thus somewhat Unix-centric, but should be useful to learning vi/vim on other operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS-X.

While vi is reviled by many for being difficult to learn, this book shows that vi is easier to learn than it would initially appear, especially as it does not use old, confusing terminology.

The first chapter of the book, appropriately enough for the vi editor, deals with how to get out of those panic situations you find yourself in when you first start using vi. It is not until the second chapter that we actually see how to start vi from the command line.

This may sound backwards, but in my experience it is very close to the usual method of learning vi: I need an editor. What is vi? Let me run it on my dissertation file and see. Ahhh! How do I get out of it?

At this point, most people run screaming from the room and never try vi again. This is unfortunate because vi is extremely useful and works well with Unix and with other operating systems. If you wanted one editor you could use on every server and operating system you use in your daily work, vi (and vim) would be one of a very few you could count on to be there or be available to install.

Had I known, when I started with vi, that there was a way to abandon changes and a way to recover my original file (that I had not yet saved), I would have been a lot less apprehensive when using the editor. It is very good to remember how to deal with those panic situations first, and this book emphasizes this.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bejtlich on July 15, 2009
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I agree with just about everything that appeared in [...] review. Jacek Artymiak has written a sort of "vi(1) for the Desperate" covering all of the aspects of vi I would like to see addressed. I could see this book used in an introductory Unix class where the students are expected to try all of the examples. Jacek posted the sample files used in the book examples at [...], so you can easily follow along.

I have one minor point that might help vi users. On p 13 Jacek discusses Switching Between Files. This vi feature is helpful when a user opens several files for editing. Users can easily move forward through a list of files using the :n command. However, the Ctrl+^ command only returns to the last file viewed. If you have three files open, for example, and you move from 1 to 2 to 3, you won't be able to return to file 1 by using Ctrl+^. However, you can invoke the :e filename command, e.g., ,:e 1, to return to file 1. I couldn't find a way to cycle back through a list of files, as you could go forward with :n. I'd like to see a future printing make this situation clear.

Anyone who uses Unix should understand vi, so I recommend this book as a resource for those who like to learn by reading a printed book and following exercises supported by example files.
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