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Byte of Vim v050

Byte of Vim v050

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Published by: sandeep_nagar29 on Feb 17, 2009
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10/17/2011

 
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A Byte of Vim
version 0.5 for Vim version 7
 
 Vim en:Table of Contents2
Vim en:Table of Contents
Front PageTranslations1.Preface2.Introduction3.Installation4.First Steps5.Modes6.Typing Skills7.Moving Around8.Help9.Editing Basics10.More Editing11.Multiplicity12.Personal Information Management13.Scripting14.Plugins15.Programmers Editor16.More17.What Next18.Feedback 19.Charityware20.ColophonPrevious NextSource: http:/
 
/
 
www.swaroopch.com/
 
mediawiki/
 
index.php?title=Vim_
 
en:Table_of_Contents&oldid=1053Principal Authors: Swaroop
Vim en:Preface
About Vim
 Vim
[1]
is a computer software using which you can write. And it provides a range of features that helps you
 write better 
.
Why Vim?
Let's face it, it's very rare to have written your best writings at the first attempt. Mostlikely, you will keep editing it frequently until it becomes 'good'. As Louis Brandeis once said:"There is no great writing, only great rewriting."Making these numerous rapid changes would be a lot easier if we had a capable editor tohelp us, and that is
exactly 
where Vim shines, and is far better compared to most plain text
 
 Vim en:Preface3editors and rich document editors.
Why Write This Book?
I have been using the Vim editor ever since I learned to use the old vi editor during Unixclasses in college. Vim is one of the few software that I use for nearly 10 hours a day. Iknew there were just so many features that I didn't know about but could potentially beuseful to me, so I started exploring Vim little by little.To crystallize my understanding and to help others also explore Vim, I started writing thiscollection of notes, and called it a book.Some of the principles I have tried to keep in mind while writing these notes are:1.Simple literature. The importance of this should be reinforced again and again.2.Emphasis on examples and how-to.3.The one-stop shop for readers to learn Vim - from getting started to learning advancedstuff.4.Get the user to understand how to do things the Vim way - from modes to buffers tocustomization. Most people learn only the basic vi commands and do not attempt to learnanything beyond that. Learning such concepts is the tipping point, they become hardcore Vim users i.e. Vimmers, which means they extract the most out of Vim, which is theintent of this book.5.A lot of things are documented and stored here as a reference for people such as how touse Vim as an IDE, etc. There are various ways of doing it and instead of the userstruggling to figure out which plugins to try out, the book already has the basicbackground work already for the reader.6.Just enough info to get you to understand and use, not everything required (Paretoprinciple)7.Relatedly, the book shouldn't attempt to rewrite the reference manual. Whereappropriate, it should simply point out the relevant parts. This way, there is noredundancy, the user learns to use the awesome built-in reference manual which isimportant,
and
the book can stand on its own strengths as well.To summarize, the mantra is
Concepts. Examples. Pithy.
Status of the Book 
This book is a work-in-progress and is not yet ready to be called a "1.0" version.Constructive suggestions are most welcome. Please add your thoughts and suggestions viathe 'Discussion' link in the left sidebar on any page at the official website, or alternativelyemail me
[2]
.
Official Website
The official website of the book is http:/
 
/
 
www.swaroopch.com/
 
notes/
 
 Vim . From thewebsite, you can read the whole book online or download the latest versions of the book,and also send me feedback.

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