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vi and Vim Editors Pocket Reference: Support for every text editing task Paperback – 6 Feb 2011

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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (6 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449392172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449392178
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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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I'm not a fan of vi or vim (or emacs), but you can't use Notepad++ on Linux, and even vim seems better than most other Linux programmers editors when you allow for startup speed and actually having the tools you need. Anyway, I got fed up with using a big chunk of my screen-space for a web browser and/or document of my own notes, looking up commands while using vim, hence this pocket reference. It's a very limited success. A quarter of the book is wasted on documenting the quirks of vi clones that aren't vi or vim and, AFAICT, no-one really uses - nvi, elvis and vile. At the same time, the descriptions of vi and vim commands are a bit too short and the organization IMO isn't very helpful. Also, this book seems to assume you're going to be combining commands with motions like a pro and won't find visual mode useful - it's not even mentioned that I can see - which is a bit strange given that obviously any reader who still needs a quick reference guide to find commands probably isn't a vi/vim expert and very likely wants to use visual mode. The book is certainly worth the price, and helps, but ultimately I guess there's no substitute for printing your own cheat sheets with the things you need reminders for, organized the way that suits you.
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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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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
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't regret getting, but probably wouldn't recommend it either. 26 April 2015
By Mike B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Has useful information on command line options, and some editing commands, but doesn't appear to be complete even for everyday operations such as moving the cursor around. I've learned some things I can use, but I've had to use other sources for things like copy/paste of a block of text. Seems to be more concerned with differences between variants than in telling you what you want to know to use vi or vim...especially if you are new to them. The variants thing makes it harder to find what you are looking for too...the vi commands are in one section, and the vim ones are in another...it would be more useful to have them organized by function, with tags saying which editors support each of them so you don't have to know which editor they appeared in to find them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 13 Feb. 2015
By F. Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Pocket Reference" is misnomer: 20 Oct. 2011
By Purple Prussian - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Lots of information in it 12 Aug. 2016
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Great Book! Lots of information in it. I wish it gave more examples, but it is a great reference book!
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