Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 2 edition (November 7, 2015)
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It's not just the tips that made sure I kept a copy of this book around, but also the way they're presented: In practical terms, with examples of where features are useful that are applicable to most developers. Of course it introduces the basics, but I suspect that aspect of the book isn't that interesting for most people buying it (almost nobody is required to use Vim!), it's mostly in tying it all together that this book excels. It will take you from a moderate to intermediate Vim user to a fluent Vim user if you follow its guidance and practice.However, it is unlikely that an advanced Vim user will find anything surprising in here. I keep this around for introducing others to vim or helping existing vim-ers gain skill; I rarely need it myself. It's got a target audience, and it's exquisitely tailored to them.
I've long been a user of Vim, and was originally skeptical I would learn much from this book. I purchased this book, as I've consumed a lot of the author's free content at[...]and wanted to support the author. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was able to learn a few things pretty quickly after opening the book.It's well written and easy to understand, and has plenty of content for the novice and advanced user alike. The book is written as a series of tips collected into themes. Each tip gets more advanced within each group of tips.Whether you are just starting out, or a long time user, this book is a great way to get that extra bit out of Vim.
The narrative of Practical Vim creates in form an antithesis of what would be expected if one typed "man -k whatever" in XNIX. A hands-on practical experience using VIM is the result. This is contrast to the vague impressions often offered as tutorials in the open source world. It's a useful resource in and of itself. When combined with a vim script reference like learnvimscriptthehardway (dot) com and a committed period of 1-2 weeks study a dedicated reader (with a reasonable background in programming and IT in general) can learn to use the incredibly labyrinthine and sometimes plane old unorthodox VIM into an unmatched tool for anyone who makes their living programming or in data management in general.
As an on-and-off Vim / Gvim user I found this book moderately informative but not hugely instructive. I would recommend Practical Vim 2.0 to someone at least slightly familiar with Vim who wants to browse the book for a bit of Vim-thought. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for a Vim / Gvim tutorial.The book is organized as a loosely structured grab-bag of numbered "Tips". "Loosely structured" because it did not seem to me that the tips flowed from one to the next. Other readers might not agree or may not consider this to be a problem. But I would have liked the tips to work together as a series of related commands, each building on or complementing its predecessor.Some of the book's tips did provide me with a bit of new Vim-thought. But many did not. And many tips seemed to me to be less efficient than methods I've already discovered. (In fairness Vim's insanely large commands and features sets provide a multitude of alternative pathways to the same result. So no book can describe all possible alternative approaches to editing text with Vim and remain usable...)Long story short, I think this was an interesting book. I certainly enjoyed browsing it. But I would categorize it as a nice-to have rather than an essential Vim / Gvim resource.
This book is awesome for those who want to get efficiency out of VIM. Drew Neil does a fantastic job of isolating particular use cases of VIM that are invaluable. If you see your future in VIM, with respect to editing, then this is a safe and beneficial investment. I have read this book as often as I can, because I learn and gain a new gem every time I read it. This is not a book you'll want to read once.With the right discipline and this book you will begin to "Edit Text at the Speed of Thought".
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