I love reading all kinds of Emacs configuration files ranging for super refined to just starting out. For example caisah has a list of loads of stellar examples. However the only way to get added to that list is for your configuration to be notable. That is a pretty high bar for people just starting out. New people also usually have the freshest ideas though and they challenge the status quo of what we currently consider “the best”. All of those perspectives are valuable so I wanted to create a simple list that can include all of them.
In regards to writing and publishing literature (mostly articles, books, essays, and dissertations) there is a lot of discussion about choosing the right (software) tools for the job. And for good reason—literary endeavors are mentally laborious difficult work. As anybody would expect the software should help you a lot. At best you only want to worry about choosing the right software to help you write.
Yet the sad and all too common reality is that you are really worried about choosing the software that is the least-worst painful impediment to your creative process. Discussions that praise particular tools are pretty difficult to take any value from until you’ve suffered greatly at the hands of the tools deemed inferior by them. When people are suffering that is the worst time to get their feedback. First get them better, then find out what works and what doesn’t.
This post is what I’ve got to share with you, when I am feeling pretty great about life, and have something good to share about the topic, in regards to \(\LaTeX\) and Org-Mode.
If you are considering using \(\LaTeX\) and Org-Mode for some reason then please read on:
My old Magit setup left a bunch of buffers around that I didn’t need anymore. Here is the posted solution to close them automatically:
(defun help/magit-kill-buffers () "Restore window configuration and kill all Magit buffers. Attribution: URL `https://manuel-uberti.github.io/emacs/2018/02/17/magit-bury-buffer/'" (interactive) (let ((buffers (magit-mode-get-buffers))) (magit-restore-window-configuration) (mapc #'kill-buffer buffers))) (bind-key "q" #'help/magit-kill-buffers magit-status-mode-map)
I can never remember what parameters I want for
ls so I made an alias for it. I still couldn’t remember them so I copy and pasted the documentation into a literate document and tangle that into a function to do what I want:
When I can’t figure out how to write a function to do what I want then I record a macro of what I want to do and then “decompile” it to Elisp using elmacro. This is a super-power package if you want to figure out how something works.
You’ve got Unicode and Emacs so take advantage of the 3 kinds of dashes available to every writer. Here is how with a little detail you might find pretty useful totally unrelated to dashes!
After avoiding migrating from Ido to Ivy for years I put in the time today. Long story short it was simple, fast, and easy. Here is the micro version of what it took:
Never had the want to export to a calendar from Org but here are what looks like three pretty nice ways to do it.
BiTeX is something I’ve learned as little about as possible doing just enough to “make it work right”. Glad to know about this for when I don’t know how to do that.
There are plenty of ways to do it and this article is one of the best.
It’s checklist is worth reviewing nearly every time you work directly with your BibTeX file.
Here is a copy of the checklist: