Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought

Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought

by Drew Neil
     
 

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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—if you master the techniques in this book, you'll never need another text editor. Practical Vim shows you 120 vim recipes so you can quickly learn the editor's core functionality and tackle your trickiest editing and

Overview

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—if you master the techniques in this book, you'll never need another text editor. Practical Vim shows you 120 vim recipes so you can quickly learn the editor's core functionality and tackle your trickiest editing and writing tasks.

Vim, like its classic ancestor vi, is a serious tool for programmers, web developers, and sysadmins. No other text editor comes close to Vim for speed and efficiency; it runs on almost every system imaginable and supports most coding and markup languages.

Learn how to edit text the "Vim way:" complete a series of repetitive changes with The Dot Formula, using one keystroke to strike the target, followed by one keystroke to execute the change. Automate complex tasks by recording your keystrokes as a macro. Run the same command on a selection of lines, or a set of files.

Discover the "very magic" switch, which makes Vim's regular expression syntax more like Perl's. Build complex patterns by iterating on your search history. Search inside multiple files, then run Vim's substitute command on the result set for a project-wide search and replace. All without installing a single plugin!

You'll learn how to navigate text documents as fast as the eye moves—with only a few keystrokes. Jump from a method call to its definition with a single command. Use Vim's jumplist, so that you can always follow the breadcrumb trail back to the file you were working on before. Discover a multilingual spell-checker that does what it's told.

Practical Vim will show you new ways to work with Vim more efficiently, whether you're a beginner or an intermediate Vim user.

All this, without having to touch the mouse.

What You Need:

Vim version 7

Drew Neil is an independent programmer, writer, and trainer. He runs workshops around the world, speaks regularly at conferences, and specializes in making educational screencasts. At vimcasts.org, he publishes articles and video tutorials about Vim.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Drew has continued the wonderful work he has done with Vimcasts in this book, a must-read for anyone serious about Vim."

—Anders Janmyr, Developer Jayway

"Practical Vim continues to change what I believe a text editor can do."

—John P. Daigle, Developer ThoughtWorks, Inc.

"I’ve learned more about Vim by reading this book than I have from any other resource."

—Robert Evans, Software Engineer, Code Wranglers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934356982
Publisher:
Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
Publication date:
10/08/2012
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Drew Neil is an independent programmer, writer, and trainer. He runs workshops around the world, speaks regularly at conferences, and specializes in making educational screencasts. At vimcasts.org, he publishes articles and video tutorials about Vim.

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