Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought
Vim is a fast and efficient text editor that will make you a faster and more efficient developer. It's available on almost every OS, and if you master the techniques in this book, you'll never need another text editor. In more than 120 Vim tips, you'll quickly learn the editor's core functionality and tackle your trickiest editing and writing tasks. This beloved bestseller...more
But boy, I was wrong. After reading Practical Vim I already know that I've known very little. Even though I was quite efficient and fluent in Vim usage, all the time, I was staying at the Gates.
This book is the right key to the Gates. Use it ...more
This was hands down one of the very best technical books I've ever had the pleasure to read. Drew Neil has found a way to organize the book into a tip format without making it lose focus or seem endlessly unimaginative. Rather, by organizing the tips into themes, he gives the editor itself structure where before there was only the grey void of endless features.
I was an intermediate vim user before this book. It was my primary editor, and I used navigation keys and some basic yank and put operati...more
I already had some working knowledge of vim and was using it as my day to day programming evironment for some years. After reading this book I realised I ...more
If you are just starting with “:wq”, you may want to get some experience before starting with this book.
Why that was a problem? Because I'm not VIM master yet. I was looking for a book to would help me get from 'almost zero' to somewhat proficient VIM user and I think that's not the best one.
Don't get me wrong, it's great book (hence four stars) with lot's of knowledge, you just need to be a bit better prepared to get most of it.
I read this book a few years ago. Although not all tips are memorized my muscle, I am still happy vim user now.
If you'd like a taste for what vim's capable of, start with "Learn vim For the Last Time", an article by Daniel Miessler. Then when you're wondering how you'd browse through files, read the top StackOverflow answer to " ...more
The book is an easy read but not a light one. Having spent close to seven years using vim, I realized that I had barely scratched the surface of this powerful beast, and with this book I take home numerous little snippets which will make my day to day life much easier.
Would definitely recommend reading this book if you wa ...more
I recommend to work through at least Vim tutor before this book, since while it actually covers the very basics of the Vim, I think knowing the very basics before hand helps you a lot to get most o ...more
I’ve been using Vim since 2014. I’ve started reading this book in December 2017, so it took me almost a year to finish it. The book is divided into more than a hundred tips. I was reading a tip ...more
I first learned to use vi in the summer of 1986. I've picked up a lot over the years, but watching a friend driving vim made me realise I should up my game. And this book does that in spades.
There's so much in this book that there's no way it will all have stuck, but there were plenty of things that I immediately started using. I've made notes, and will keep revisiting things until they're wired in.
Drew Neil has done a commendable job in keeping the content approachable to readers at various skill levels. He took me down the rabbit hole and dispelled misconceptions that I had about knowing Vim.
I have been using Vim for 6 years, read the first edition in 2013 right after going through vimtutor.
PS: first time reading a textbook from cover to cover!
The most important lesson: "Know the saw, then sharpen it"!
If you are interested in getting better with vim, you should consider reading this book
If you want to get from good to great with Vim, this is a must read
If you want fun stories about Vim, this book is not for you
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