Thursday, December 20, 2012

Learn Vimscript the Hard Way, Commentary I

Steve Losh has written a book called Learn Vimscript the Hard Way.

It’s badly titled, imho. His definition of the book explains why I say that: a book for users of the Vim editor who want to learn how to customize Vim. With that description in mind, I think the book achieves its goal — a goal that all vimmers would aspire to master. However with the title of the book, I fear even many proficient vimmers would assume that the material is out of their reach or too dense to absorb right now with their busy schedules, relegating it to a later reading pile, at best.

For all you up and coming Vimmers looking to read something to take you beyond all of the beginner tutorials out there, read chapters: 0-18, 28-32, 43-48, 50 & 56.

For those of you who picked the book up specifically because of its title, that review is coming soon. :-)


  1. I think that the title of the book is inspired by books like Learn Python the Hard Way. So, probably aiming at people familiar with that. Perhaps it needs a good subtitle as well.

  2. Indeed, and Steve credits Zed for that inspiration. Having a good subtitle is more along the lines I was hinting at. He could turn his description into a suitable subtitle.