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Linux Journal: Teach Yourself Emacs in 24 Hours [Book Review]

Jul 08, 2000, 18:07 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ralph Krause)

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"While I can say I learned enough from the book to use Emacs (I'm using it to write this review), I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone else. The biggest problem I found was the sheer number of typos it contained. In addition to that, the accompanying CD-ROM is not well-organized, either."

"I am amazed at just how powerful Emacs is, and this book does a good job of introducing a new user to the sheer number of features available in it. The authors also did a very good job of choosing the right amount of material to allow someone to use Emacs without overloading them. I wish they had spent a little more time on such things as regular expressions and the Windows installation directions, though."

"Unfortunately, the large number of errors contained in the text along with the confusing layout of the accompanying CD almost keep this book from being usable by its target audience: beginners. I would expect that the next release will have corrected these problems, and then it will be an invaluable addition to the beginning Emacs user's bookshelf."

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