AboutWelcome to Free Software Daily (FSD). FSD is a hub for news and articles by and for the free and open source community. FSD is a community driven site where members of the community submit and vote for the stories that they think are important and interesting to them. Click the "About" link to read more...
"I have been using Vim editor for past ( almost ) four years, but now I have switched over to Emacs. I find it more intuitive ( just a personal opinion ). While I was learning Emacs I had few queries. So, I have prepared a small HOWTO which might help a new emacs user..."
"Now that I am becoming a "real" programmer, I have made the decision to learn how to use the behemoth of a text editor, Emacs. A feature-rich and highly customizable editor, Emacs is distributed by the GNU project and has historically been one of the most popular text editors in programming history, along with vi [...] Learning Emacs is like learning how to drive stick.
"...novice-friendly software has a despicable habit of piling feature upon feature without really getting any more advanced -- it's the same stupid dog learning more and more tricks. those tricks are just long, automated sequences of manual commands. Emacs isn't like that. Emacs tricks have to do with algorithmically modifiable and parametrically adjustable behavior.
Emacs is an absolutely wonderful text editor for designers, and it can speed up development time with a series of helpful shortcuts, even for a Textmate diehard. Unfortunately, Emacs can have a steep learning curve, so I figured I would provide a basic introduction for using Emacs as a web development environment.
"Emacs-22+ doesn't support Xft fonts, hence the look and feel of emacs on X-Windows is not that good. But development is going on to provide this feature in emacs. The emacs-unicode-2 branch for emacs has this feature, hopefully this will get integrated to emacs-23.
I followed the following steps to compile emacs unicode from CVS..."
"Many programs have start-up settings, which they read from a configuration file or from some database. Emacs is no exception: when it starts, it reads a file called ".emacs" from your home directory. However, the big difference is that .emacs does not consists of simple "key=value"-pairs. Instead, your .emacs is an Emacs-Lisp (elisp) program itself.
"Emacs is a text editor which is far more powerful than most of its users realize. It can be (1) customized extensively to suit one's needs, (2) automated to save time and reduce tedium, and (3) extended to do virtually anything.