vi Editor Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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For many users, working in the UNIX environment means using vi, a full-screen text editor available on most UNIX systems. Even those who know vi often make use of only a small number of its features.The vi Editor Pocket Reference is a companion volume to O'Reilly's updated sixth edition of Learning the vi Editor, a complete guide to text editing with vi. New topics in Learning the vi Editor include multi-screen editing and coverage of four vi clones: vim,elvis, nvi, and vile.This small book is a handy reference guide to the information in the larger volume, 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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About the Author
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.
- ASIN : B0043EWUFM
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (January 18, 1999)
- Publication date : January 18, 1999
- Language : English
- File size : 203 KB
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- Print length : 63 pages
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Perhaps the best comparison for this book would be the OReilly Sed & Awk pocket reference. That is really a fantastic little book that offers a cohesive and brief introduction to the editor.
This book, instead, reads like a list of commands with very brief descriptions with, seemingly, little scheme or order. It is easier to read the manpage. Sadly, I have not found much use for this book yet.
So it might be good to have around if you were trying to do something on a system without manpages, or if you were willing to dedicate the time to figure out the organization of this book (whcih I frankly doubt there is). But in the long run, I think most people (even those seasoned vi(m) users out there) will better benefit from buying the parent book.
Also, the cover is darn cute! :-)
So basically this is a quick reference to the vi editor, with additional chapters covering all the other text-based editors that are based on vi (like vim, for instance).
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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
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.
How can you recommend a book with missing pages?