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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (28 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565924975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565924970
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The vi Editor Pocket Reference is a companion volume to O'Reilly's updated sixth edition of Learning the vi Editor, presenting movement and editing commands, the command-line options, and other elements of the vi editor in an easy-to-use tabular format.

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Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has worked with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. He has been a heavy AWK user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of AWK. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. He is also coauthor of the sixth edition of O'Reilly's Learning the vi Editor. Since late 1997, he and his family have been living happily in Israel.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Fenelon on 11 Nov. 2002
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Contains enough information to turn an absolute beginner into an intermediate-to-advanced vi user - but it's not until your fingers start to "think" in vi that you really start to appreciate it.
Robbins collects all the relevant facts, presents them crisply and provides enough information to see the novice or occasional user safely onto the learning curve.
I'm not quite as sure about the material on vi clones - vim for example comes with a lot of very good documentation itself - but this probably belongs on the shelf of any lab where non-experts might need to use vi or one of its relatives.
Cheap, too - difficult to fault at the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AfterTheEvent on 15 Sept. 2009
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A few things to note -

Vi from Solaris 2.6, is the version used to verify the information presented in this publication; it is not the most up to date text. However, Vi is almost certain to be installed any server you might work on, so the commands contained in this booklet are almost guaranteed to work.

Coverage of Vim is rather poor, badly out of date, and pretty much pointless as Vim and Vi are now perhaps better than 98% compatible. Vim is to be greatly preferred where it is available. Similar editors are also given cursory coverage, but to be frank I've never seen any of them in the wild, so I won't comment.

The book is cleverly laid out and contains quite a lot of useful information for anyone who is already a Vi or Vim user. It is a little light on explanations, so not really for an absolute beginner (though the beginner could do worse).

If you are a complete novice I'd recommend typing "vimtutor" at your local command prompt when you've got 45 minutes of concentration time to spare.

Not a bad little book but a bit dated - OK
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VI is the worst editor around. Period. Having said that, this nice little book is you companion in making things better. You will learn to make do with vi, which i effect is a kind of Swiss Army knife editor. It can do tremendous things, for a small and silly editor.

This book eases down the terrible way in which vi switches back between editing mode and beep-mode.

After reading the book I got hooked to jed, joe and nano.
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By clanger on 14 Sept. 2009
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This guide was last updated in 2003, when VIM was just another VI-variant. It's high time O'R brought out a new edition: their pocket references are one of their best products (although over-priced when new), but this one will soon be a guide to the past.
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