Perry Metzger has been using Emacs as his text editor since early September, 1983 — nearly 31 years. Over much of that time, it has also been his primary way to read email, compile programs, and perform a variety of other tasks. Why would anyone use a single program for that long? This talk is […]
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August 21st, 2014 by Ryan McGeary · 44 Comments
January 4th, 2011 by Ryan McGeary · 223 Comments
Watch the Video I was featured this week on a new site called How I Work (now defunct). The site is about letting developers watch screencasts to see how other people work and improve their productivity by learning about new tools and practices. Given the interest in how focused work in an all inclusive environment […]
July 27th, 2009 by Rob Christie · 164 Comments
YASnippet, or Yet Another Snippet package just released a new beta with many new features. YaSnippet is a template system for emacs. It allows you to type an abbrevation and then trigger that abbreviation into an expansion in your buffer. Some of the new features are: Nested Placeholders: Nested placeholders allow you to support optional […]
December 5th, 2008 by Ryan McGeary · 193 Comments
In preparation for a new upcoming PeepCode screencast, Geoffrey Grosenbach put together a quick 5 minute Emacs introduction. It’s a good summary of some Emacs niceties. Geoffrey also wrote up some of his other initial Emacs impressions.
March 13th, 2008 by Rob Christie · 110 Comments
There are a number of snippet packages that are available for emacs: snippet.el, smart-snippet, and the older skeleton and tempo packages that are a part of emacs. The snippet package was in the words of the developer: A quick stab at providing a simple template facility like the one present in TextMate (an OSX editor). […]
January 7th, 2008 by Rob Christie · 92 Comments
Recently, I have been doing more remote pair programming at my day job, and I was copying some code snippets into pastie. Pastie is a site that allows you to share code snippets with nice syntax highlighting. One thing led to another, and next I was searching for emacs integration with pastie. I found it […]
October 26th, 2007 by Rob Christie · 64 Comments
Every few months you see a thread on the emacs news groups polling to see the age or occupation of the users. Recently someone sent out a link on gnu.emacs.help to a site called BuddyMapping with a map for Emacs Users. I have always loved maps, and I am a sucker for these map mash-ups, […]
October 7th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 109 Comments
I give up. During the past 6 years of my emacs career, my .emacs initialization file grew to embarrassing levels. As of this morning, it is well over 1000 lines and is a looming burden of disorganization. Startup time is poor, customizations exist for modes that I don’t use anymore (ahem, csharp-mode), and it has […]
May 10th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 3 Comments
This might be old news to some, but it was new to me. XKeymacs is a keyboard utility to realize emacs-like usability on all windows applications. With XKeymacs you can use emacs keybindings with any windows application. You can create a keyboard macro and assign any shortcut key too. You also get bash-like command completion […]
May 4th, 2007 by Rob Christie · 73 Comments
I just ran across this article. The Church of Emacs is a good read… no it’s not from alt.religion.emacs. The article is more of a history of emacs with some great references as well.