Sacha Chua has a nice Emacs chat intro article back from 2013. I write this post half because she asks there about my (OK, anyone’s) first Emacs moments, and half because I plan to do it for months now.
I wanted to start using Emacs 6(ish) years ago, and I was like
“C-x what”? (Note that back around 1998, I was among the
people who exited
vi by killing it from another terminal after a
bunch of tries & fails like
I tried to come back to Emacs a lot of times. And I mean a lot,
about every two months. I suddenly learned what these cryptic key
chord descriptions mean (
C is for Control and
M is for
Meta, which is actually Alt), but somehow it
didn’t click. I remained a ViM power user with a huge pile of
3rd party plugins.
Then I found Nyan-macs,
which converted me to Emacs, and it is final now. Many of my friends
thought I’m just kidding this being the cause, but I’m not. I’m a huge
fan of Nyan cat (did you know there is even a site
called nyan.cat?) and since then I have it in my
…and I also zone out with Nyan cat:
Now on to more serious stuff. After browsing through all the packages
provided by ELPA, I found tons of useful (and
sometimes, less useful) packages,
gtags (which introduced
me to GNU Global, removing Exuberant ctags from my
and Org (OK, it’s actually part of Emacs for a
while, but still). I still use these few, but in a month or two, I
to version control my
.emacs.d directory, so I can easily transfer it between my home and
work machine (and for a few weeks now, even to my phone: I’m using
Termux on Android). Then, over these two years I wrote some packages
like GobGen, and a
small addon for Calendar
and I found a lot more (in no particular
beacon, and a lot more.
What is more important (to me) is that I started using the use-package package, which can automatically download packages that are not installed on my current local system. Together with auto-package-update, it is very practical.
In addition, I started to follow the blogs of a bunch of Emacs users/gurus. I’ve already mentioned Sacha Chua. She’s a charming, cheerful person, writing a lot about Emacs and project management (among other things). Another one is Bozhidar Batsov, who, among other things, had an initiate to lay down the foundation of a common Elisp coding style. Another favourite of mine is Endless Parentheses, whence I got a lot of ideas.