Book review: Hacking Vim 7.2

Hacking Vim 7.2
“Ready-to-use hacks with solutions for common situations encountered by users of the Vim editor”
Kim Schulz
244 pages
Packt publishing, 2010

I have been a Vim user almost since the first time I tried the editor at my university 8 years ago. Initially I was intrigued by the mere rumor of an editor that was so complicated that simply quitting it took special knowledge, but little by little I discovered its features and today it is my favorite editor. In the later years of university I worked as a systems administrator and in my current job I also administer a bunch of Linux servers beside my geophysical work. For both system administration and geophysical work with scripting and heavy text processing and I can’t imagine any other editor which could fulfill my needs as Vim does.

Vim is in my eyes the most important tool I known, but also one of the most complex. Vim is notorious for the steep learning curve and even though I consider my self beyond the first plateau I fully aware that there vast areas I haven’t explored yet. Having this in mind I have been looking for a book that could help me learn new tricks to boost my productivity. This is when I was contacted by Packt publishing to review Hacking Vim 7.2 – a 244 page book from April 2010.
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