"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
"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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