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Entries from April 2007

Quick Tip: dos2unix, et al

April 30th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 129 Comments

I despise the fact that we live in a world with different end-of-line file formats. Windows/DOS uses CRLF, Unix uses LF, and Mac’s used to use CR1. Thankfully, Mac’s started to adopt the Unix format when OS X was released — if only Windows could do the same. What I despise even more is that […]

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Tags:osx · quick · tips · unix · windows

Package Faves: iswitchb

April 24th, 2007 by Rob Christie · 102 Comments

This is the start of a series on our favorite emacs packages. Some of these packages are part of emacs core, some aren’t (but we could argue should be). I use iswitchb-mode at least a hundred times a day. iswitchb is one of the features of emacs that I rave about whenever I try to […]

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Tags:faves · misc · reviews

Quick Tip: light-symbol-mode

April 17th, 2007 by Rob Christie · 123 Comments

I ran across this package on gnu.emacs.sources recently. If you enable light-symbol-mode in a buffer and pause on a symbol, then Emacs will highlight all other occurrences of the symbol in the buffer. When you move point the highlighting goes away.

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Tags:misc · quick

Highlight the Current Line

April 9th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 110 Comments

There are several ways to customize the display of the cursor. I happen to prefer highlighting the current line as a visual cue to keep my eye focused on where I’m working. Before a few days ago, I had not realized there were so many packages to accomplish this, but let’s review a few.

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Tags:misc · reviews

Keyboard Macros in the Wild: The Mundane SQL Fix

April 5th, 2007 by Rob Christie · 120 Comments

When you first start using emacs, there is normally someone who says something like keyboard macros in emacs rock. At that moment in time, they show you some quick little example, it looks neat but it probably doesn’t register with the true magnitude that it should. This series shows examples of macros “in the wild”. […]

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Tags:kb-macros · tips

IBM Emacs Tutorial, Part I

April 2nd, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 107 Comments

Michael Stutz recently wrote Part I of a new new series at IBM called Emacs editing environment. The first is Learn the basics of Emacs. This first tutorial is definitely geared toward the emacs newcomer. There is a lot of overlap with the built-in emacs tutorial (C-h t), but different mediums are good for teaching […]

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Tags:newbie · news