vi and its derivatives are perhaps the most important family of text editors in the programming community. With this updated guide, Unix and Linux users will learn text editing basics for both vi and Vim (vi improved) before moving onto advanced editing tools for each editor. Authors Elbert Hannah and Arnold Robbins cover the latest major releases of Vim, including 8.0 and 8.2.
Whether you're a programmer or computer analyst or you work with browsers or command-line interfaces, you'll examine multi-window editing, global search and replacement, power tools for programmers, and how to write interactive macros and scripts to extend the editor-all in the easy-to-follow style that's made this book a classic.
- Go beyond the basics to learn which vi commands fit your specific needs
- Learn advanced vi tools that shift some of the editing burden to the computer
- Explore Vim tools that provide major improvements over vi
- Examine Vim's multi-window editing feature, a significant upgrade over vi
- Use Vim scripts to customize and tailor Vim to suit your needs
- Look at Vim in modern GUI environments with Graphical Vim (gvim)
Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has been working with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. His experience also includes multiple commercial Unix systems, from Sun, IBM, HP and DEC. He has been working with GNU/Linux systems since 1996.Arnold has also 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. O'Reilly has been keeping him busy: He is author and/or coauthor of the bestselling titles: Unix In A Nutshell, Effective awk Programming, sed & awk, Classic Shell Scripting, and several pocket references.
Elbert Hannah specializes in integrating technologies. His first job found him writing a full-screen editor in assembler (Intel 8086) in 1983. He implemented many vi-like features like motion-by-object (word, paragraph, etc.). Elbert discovered Unix working for the phone company and built a career integrating disparate systems. He wrote an e-mail platform for IBM's mainframe ISPF environment by linking ISPF panels to IBM JCL jobs linked to an AT&T connected RJE reader. Today, Elbert works in the Finance industry, again, integrating technologies. Underlying all of his accomplishments was the reliance on the power and agility of the vi text-editing framework.