Learning Emacs project [Part 1]

Learning Emacs project [Part 1]

Why

I will be logging my progress towards learning Emacs and replace Sublime Text as my main text editor. (Sublime is great, and recently it looks like work on it has resumed!)

In the past I’ve tried to learn it but quickly lost the motivation (or just forgot about it) and just kept using Sublime Text. This time I’m doing it for the fun of learning a well tested and respected UNIX tool, the challenge of learning Common Lisp, investing in a tool that will be around X years in the future and as a personal challenge that involves overcoming the initial frustation of not being able to do basic things. Feeling like a noob.

I considered Vim and may learn it in the future, however right know (not knowing any of the two) I’m more inclined to Common Lisp for customization purposes over Vimscript. Also, I’m interested in Org mode and I hope to get into that later.

Goals

The main goal is to feel proficient with Emacs to the same level I’m with Sublime and more (Learning how to create plugins for it, which I haven’t done in Sublime either).

This is a vague goal, so I wrote a list of questions/use cases I should be able to do with Emacs. I divided into “Essentials” and “Power features”. Learning all the essentials will put me at the same level of my Sublime Text knowledge.

Essentials

Files:

Layout:

Editor:

Plugins:

Processes:

Advanced

I hope to document most of this journey in case there’s somebody in a similar position.


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Published

09 February 2016

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