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Emacs in the real world � part 1

Sep 15, 2010, 17:04 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Smedley)

[ Thanks to Linux User & Developer magazine for this link. ]

"Forget Perl's claims, Emacs really is the Swiss Army chainsaw of the *NIX world. Join Richard Smedley on the first of a three-part series revealing how you can do most of your day-to-day tasks without leaving Emacs – even if programming is a small or non-existent part of your typical day...

"Yes, Emacs is a programmer's editor. Yes, it comes from a 1960s command-line world. Yes, it's not easy to start using, as one must adapt to new concepts and ridiculous key-stroke combinations. Yes it's Anglocentric in menus and doesn't really do right-to-left languages. But there must be an upside, right? Yes, once through the pain barrier – say a week of editing, and adding in other operations through Emacs – you'll find the power is addictive.

"In the first part of the series we'll introduce some of the Emacs concepts you need to get you started, but also take a brief look at music and games. The main focus has to be on editing, just to get comfortable with the interface. Stick with it for the next few weeks because in the next part we will concentrate on organisation, with Emacs making a great project management tool, and PIM, as well as adding a bit more customisation. And in the final part we'll look at everything internet, from email to updating your status on social networks, and point you to info on how to take things further."

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