Emacs is a text editor built on top of a Lisp (Elisp) interpreter. The full API of the both text editor and the Lisp interpreter itself is available to the user.
For this reason, along with the fact that there are hundreds and hundreds of useful additions available to Emacs, I am learning it.
There isn’t anything more to it than that!
Donald Knuth uses emacs.
(that says it all)
Have a look at how to utilize the “box control” within Emacs to help users with the task at hand.
Who would’ve thought that Ruby’s block ‘end’ keyword was created to facilitate Emacs? Oh man!
When [Matz] was first starting out writing Ruby, he was coding the Emacs ruby-mode.el for it at the same time. He expressed some frustration with modes for other languages like Python and Pascal in which the editor could not look at a line of code and figure out where it should be indented to, so he resolved that Ruby as a language should not fall into that particular trap. With that in mind he chose the end keyword as a block delimiter so that it would be easier to write an Emacs mode for.
Neil Van Dyke is a hacker, researcher, Emacs wiz, blogger, and producer of numerous of Scheme libraries. One of his packages, Quack is of particular interest to Emacs using Schemers.
New feature: compile mode can navigate from PLT setup-plt errors.
This article explains how to configure init rather than .emacs style configuration.
Seems that RMS is taking IDE design cues from Eclipse! (thanks Yoni)
Someone please point him at IntelliJ Idea.
Here is a tweak to configure auto-save to cooperate with your buffers in Emacs.
Getting the control key “back into the right spot” on PC keyboards is a goal shared between Emacs and UNIX folks. The following are a collection of links on how to do so (this list is sure to grow):
The Sysinternals solution is excellent, but it throws away caps lock. This was fine for me for a while, but believe it or not, now I need it back. As such, I now employ the solution found here.
This approach does not work on Windows 7 (I just started using Win7 this week).
KeyMapper works brilliantly though.
Coming back to Windows I found that KeyMapper quit working for me.
AutoHotkey seems to be doing the job of swapping:
- caps lock with left control
- left control with caps lock
- enter with right control
- right shift with enter
- Seems to be the best way to use any keyboard out there
- scroll up and down on the wheel mouse
Alt (Meta) - Enter doesn’t seem to work.
I’ll keep at it. Here is the config.