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vi and Vim Editors Pocket Reference: Support for every text editing task [Kindle Edition]

Arnold Robbins
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Book Description

Many Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X geeks enjoy using the powerful, platform-agnostic text editors vi and Vim, but there are far too many commands for anyone to remember. Author Arnold Robbins has chosen the most valuable commands for vi, Vim, and vi's main clones—vile, elvis, and nvi—and packed them into this easy-to-browse pocket reference. You'll find commands for all kinds of editing tasks, such as programming, modifying system files, and writing and marking up articles.

This second edition includes:

  • Command-line options
  • vi commands and set options
  • Input mode shortcuts
  • Substitution and regular expressions
  • ex commands and options
  • Initialization and recovery
  • Enhanced tags and tag stacks
  • A greatly expanded section on Vim commands and options
  • Additional features in vile, elvis, and nvi
  • Internet resources for vi
  • A full index

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Book Description

Support for every text editing task

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (10 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LRPBB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Little Book 5 Dec. 2013
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A very useful little book for reference and open book exams; may not be what you're looking for if you have a fair bit of experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vi and Vim - victorious in their quest 26 Sept. 2011
This book does exactly what it should - supports text editing tasks that you may need to perform whilst using Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X
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2.0 out of 5 stars Almost Non-Existent Index 2 Dec. 2011
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I am quite familiar with vi and somewhat familiar with vim's extensions so I'm extremely frustrated by this book's lack of a functional Index. I specifically logged on to rag on the total lack of a useable Index only to find that the only other review at the time (by Purple Prussian) voices the exact same frustration. I won't say that there isn't some useful info in the book, but finding it is the problem. A reference has to be reference-able, and I find that, like this book, many of the O'Reilly Pocket References suffer from this problem having useful info that cannot be referenced. Get your act together O'Reilly editors and stop publishing pocket references without comprehensive indices.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Pocket Reference" is misnomer: 20 Oct. 2011
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I think of a reference like I think of a dictionary: a place where I can go look things up quickly and directly. Even though this is a brief reference, it ought to have an Index that contains a least the most common terms, like "search", "scripts", or "operators". Yet it has none of these. The back cover even states "A full index". Sadly, it doesn't even come close. I'd like a "full index", but this isn't even a minimal index.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a few suggestions for improvement 20 Feb. 2013
By Eduardo M. - Published on
I understand this book is useful for experienced programmers trying to refresh their memories, but I would like to suggest a few things which could make this pocket reference more independent of its excellent companion "Learning the vi and Vim Editors", and therefore more helpful to newcomers:

- 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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 13 Feb. 2015
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Neither the index nor the layout is very good, so this book is pretty much a failure. Not up to O'Reilly's usually stellar quality.
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate 16 Jun. 2014
By jshock - Published on
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Pretty basic stuff. Nothing on spellcheck or encryption. Still pretty useful and I would recommend this to new vim users.
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