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- Learning the vi and Vim Editors
- Robbins, Hannah & Lamb
I use vi every day.
"Oh, sure", you say, "You're a programmer. Of course you use some
Well, yes, but no. I don't do all that much programming any more. A
little scripting now and then, and not even much of that. Most of
what I use vi for is ordinary files. I'm using it to write this. I
use it for lists, to keep track of all the things I need to keep track
of. If it is something that is going into a file on my computer, I'm
probably going to use vi.
Most people, even most "computer people" would use a word processor
to write text like this review and a spreadsheet or database for the
lists and records. It's "easier", they think.
Sure, there are things you can do with a spreadsheet, word procesesor
or database that are useful. But it's even more useful to have the raw data
in text form - it can also be imported into those other tools, but having
it available in text where I can work on it with vi is always the
best thing to do. And frankly, given the power of Unix in general,
I hardly ever need those other tools anyway..
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But most folks don't understand that. Vi is ugly, clumsy, hard to
use. To me, that attitude is like someone who never learned to drive
explaining why taking the bus is better than owning a car. I'm all
in favor of public transportation, and it is often true that given
enough time and effort you can get just about anywhere without needing
to drive a car, but.. well, you get the idea. That's the difference
using vi could make in your life.
So, this was supposed to be a review, not a rant. Well, heck, the
book is great. If you know nothing about vi, it will teach you. If
you know a bit, it will teach you more. Even if you use vi every day
as I do, you'll probably pick up (or be reminded of) a thing or two.
This is well done, you'll like it.
Learn the vi and vim. You'll save time, lose weight,
become better looking, find true love and eternal happiness.. well, you
will save a lot of time and be happier. Learn the vi and Vim!
Tony Lawrence 2008-09-04 Rating: