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Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2012

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 Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought (Pragmatic Bookshelf $29.00), you’ll never need another text editor.

In more than 100 Vim tips, you’ll quickly learn the editor’s core functionality and tackle your trickiest editing and writing tasks.

Vim, a vast improvement over 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.

Available for e-readers in epub, mobi, and PDF formats direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

What People are Saying

“I’ve learned more about Vim by reading this book than I have from any other resource”
Robert Evans, Software Engineer, Code Wranglers

Practical Vim continues to change what I believe a text editor can do.”
John P. Daigle, Developer, ThoughtWorks, Inc.

Practical Vim bridges the gap between the official documentation and how to really use Vim. After reading a few chapters, I switched to using Vim as my default editor. I’ve never looked back.”
Javier Collado, QA Automation Engineer, Canonical Ltd.

Book Information

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Practical Vim

Edit Text at the Speed of Thought

by Drew Neil

ISBN: 9781934356982, 346 pages, $29.00US, $30.00CA, 7.5×9.

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Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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