- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (April 21, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735710015
- ISBN-13: 978-0735710016
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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.
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Other reviewers noted errors. To me, there were no big, hairy errors. This book yielded a positive learning experience. I shudder to think where I would be now without it. I had considered the purchase of a $... Linux version of a commercial editor that I use on Windows, but decided to give this book a try before I made the big investment. This proved to be a good decision, because now I eschew the expensive commercial editor and use vim as my text editor on Windows and Linux.
My only complaint with this situation is not with the book, but with me. Now, my fingers 'think' in vim, and those fingers 'think' much faster than my brain thinks. This book has enabled me to commit vim to muscle memory. I can use the editor, but I'll be darned if I can explain it to anybody.
I use Vim everyday as a computer programmer, and whenever I need to figure out how to do something, I now just turn to google. The book covers many features of Vim, but in not much detail. The Appendix is sparse and often wrong. And topics are usually scattered in 3 different places in the book.
For example, I don't use macros a lot, but I know they are a simple and powerful feature that many Vim users use all the time. Looking up how to use them took me through 2 sections and 15 minues. And the command involes only 2 keys!
The first two chapters tell you how to get started in VIM with the basic commands - and its easy enough to follow along with. But the other 28 chapters don't help you get much done at all.
Unfortunately, this book is really not written for an experienced vim user. It is written for somebody who is scared of vi in general and needs a book to start with. The author goes over such mundane details as "how to get out of insert mode" to a horrifying degree.
I didn't really learn anything reading this book. Vim comes with exceptional documentation, and this book seems to be nothing more than a digestion of that documentation.
I really would recommend against this book for all but the very new-to-unix user.
Oh, and the occasional commentary throughout the book about how unix vim isnt "smart enough" to do something the windows vim does just made me sick.
It covers everything from the very basics for those who have little or no exposure to vi up to topics that would enlighten even experienced users, and it's a very easy read with well-thought out examples and elucidating figures. It improved my Vim experience 100%.
Two thumbs way up. Very impressive. And well worth the price of admission.
All of these books and many more are 4.5 - 5 star books here at Amazon. It would seem that I am not alone in my opinion.
Vi IMproved (VIM) by Steve Oualline is no exception.
The only way this book could be more definitive would be to include the source code. From the complete novice to the seasoned professional this book stands on it's own as a text to *learn* from as well as being a very useful reference work in its own right.
If you are looking for a book about Vim or vi - look no further, this is the definitive book that continues a new standard of technical excellence in instruction and reference publishing.