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Learning Vi and Vim
Hacking Vim 7.2
Practical Vim book
The Vim book
Vim ge-packt
Regular Expressions
Learning the Vi and Vim editors, O'Reilly, English Hacking Vim 7.2 - by Kim Schulz, English Practical Vim, by Drew Neil, English Vi IMproved - Vim, by Steve Oualline, English Vim ge-packt, by Reinhard Wobst, German Regular Expressions, by y Jeffrey E. F. Friedl, English


Learning Vi and Vim This is a recent book about Vim. The full title is: "Learning the Vi and Vim Editors". Authors are Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins and Elbert Hannah.

This is the seventh edition of what started as "Learning the Vi editor". The previous edition still explained a lot about other Vi clones, but now Vim gets most of the pages, 150 more than the 6th edition.

This book was written after Vim 7 was released, thus it includes all the new features, such as spell checking and omni-completion.

Chapters 9 to 15 are specifically about Vim. They deal with the most common features. Not so detailed as in the Vim help, which means it's easier to understand things, but you may still need to consult the help for the details that are not covered in the book. The chapter about Vim scripting is especially useful for medium level users.

You can find the "Learning Vi and Vim" book at the sites below. Buying through these links will send a percentage to ICCF Holland. The money is used to help orphans in Uganda (see the home page). You should also be able to get the book in other (on-line) bookstores.

 
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Hacking Vim 7.2 This is a recent book about Vim. Kim Schulz is the author.

This book was written after Vim 7.2 was released, thus it includes all the new features, such as spell checking and omni-completion. If you want to read about the latest features there is no other Vim book to chose from.

This book is task oriented. It contains sections on various things you would want to use Vim for. Some are short, such as the section about line numbers. Some are quite long, such as the section on script structure. Basically Kim puts the things together that you need to know to get something done, and doesn't try to explain every detail (you can find that in the online help).

The book is aimed at people who use Vim for a little while and know the basics. You can use the tasks to make your editing more efficient and learn about all the important features that Vim offers.

The publisher has a sample chapter available (PDF).

One of the things that indicate the care with which this book was written, is that every feature is marked with the version of Vim that it requires. Thus if you read the part about spell checking you can see you need Vim 7 for this.

The publisher will give part of the turnover to help children in Uganda. See the page on the publisher site about this.

You can find the "Hacking Vim" book at the sites below. Buying through these links will send a percentage to ICCF Holland. The money is used to help orphans in Uganda (see the home page). You should also be able to get the book in other (on-line) bookstores and directly from the Hacking Vim book publisher

Amazon USA The Vim book at Amazon USA
Amazon Canada The Vim book at Amazon Canada
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The Vim book at Amazon Deutschland
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The Vim book at Amazon France


Hacking Vim 7.2 This is the most recent book about Vim. Drew Neil is the author.

This is a list of 100 tips, some very simple and some complicated. Each tip is verbosely explained, so that you can easily apply it to similar tasks and learn how Vim works by example. The text quality is consistently high, which sets it apart from online tip collections.

Warning: The whole book is copyrighted, including the examples, thus you can't share the examples with others. I have asked Drew to get this fixed.

You can find the "Practical Vim" book at the sites below. Buying through these links will send a percentage to ICCF Holland. The money is used to help orphans in Uganda (see the home page).
You can also buy Practical Vim direct from the publisher as an ebook, DRM-free in pdf, epub and mobi formats here. No percentage for Uganda though.
You should also be able to get the book in other (on-line) bookstores.

There is also a Japanese translation. You can find it online here. And you can find it on Amazon Japan. No percentage for Uganda though.

Amazon USA The Practical Vim book at Amazon USA
Amazon Canada The Vim book at Amazon Canada
Amazon United Kingdom The Vim book at Amazon United Kingdom         For other Amazon products Search here
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The Vim book at Amazon Deutschland
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The Vim book at Amazon France


The Vim book

The Vim book by Steve Oualline was the first book to be completely dedicated to Vim, the text editor.

I can recommend this book especially for beginners and those who use Vim for a short while and would like to learn more. The most often used commands are explained with many figures and examples. Steve has a writing style that is very easy to read. Advanced Vim users will find many hints for useful features. The more advanced items are not explained in detail though.

The foreword is great! Well, I wrote it... I also reviewed the text, hopefully all mistakes have been corrected. There are appendices that list all the commands and options. At the end there is a quick reference for the most often used commands. The text was written for Vim version 5.7.

The book has been published in April 2001. It is about 600 pages. The information from the publisher is gone now... Look at the Amazon site for more info, see below.

The book is available online as a PDF here.

I have started an unofficial errata list. You can find it here

You can find the Vim book at the sites below. Buying through these links will send a percentage to ICCF Holland. The money is used to help orphans in Uganda (see the home page). You should also be able to get the book in other (on-line) bookstores that have the New Riders books.

Amazon USA The Vim book at Amazon USA
Amazon Canada The Vim book at Amazon Canada
Amazon United Kingdom The Vim book at Amazon United Kingdom         For other Amazon products Search here
Amazon Deutschland
The Vim book at Amazon Deutschland
Amazon France
The Vim book at Amazon France


Vim ge-packt

This is a small sized book, but its 350 pages contain lots of useful information. Currently only available in German. Now at the third edition and updated for Vim 7, thus it also explains things like exception handling ("Ausnahmebehandlung"). The book was first published April 2004, 3rd edition in November 2007.

Lots of tables and examples that make it easy to read. The author has added a lot of useful tips. You can either find the section that explains the thing you want to do, or read it from start to end and encounter things you never thought about looking for.

Compared to the "big" Vim book by Steve Oualline this is more a reference guide than a tutorial. Explanations for the more advanced features are explained better, there is less text for a first-time Vim user. It's about a third of the price.

The official errata list can be found here (German) and here (English). Also for downloading the scripts mentioned in the book. For example chapters look here.

If you buy the book using the link below a percentage goes to Uganda to help needy children.

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Vim ge-packt at Amazon Deutschland

The Vim book Another book that is useful when working with Vim is the O'Reilly book Mastering Regular Expressions. Although it doesn't explicitly mention Vim regular expressions, it explains the basics and mechanisms very well. The slightly different syntax of Vim patterns can then be found in the Vim help files.

This is the best study book for regular expressions available.

If you buy the book using one of the links below a percentage goes to Uganda to help needy children.

Amazon USA The Vim book at Amazon USA
Amazon Canada The Vim book at Amazon Canada
Amazon United Kingdom The Vim book at Amazon United Kingdom         For other Amazon products Search here
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The Vim book at Amazon Deutschland
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The Vim book at Amazon France
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