Saturday, June 30, 2018

Straddling the line between editors

Since I started in Unix/Linux about 20 years ago, I have been a staunch user and supporter of vi.  I have known plenty of people that were emacs aficionados, but haven't really taken the time to learn it to the point of being proficient.  I did look at it a few years ago after starting my current job, but with all of the new things I was learning, I forwent it in favor of the things I actually needed to learn at my job.

Now, 5 1/2 year later, I have decided that I am at a point where I finally have time to learn it.  I know what vi lovers are thinking, "hell no!", and I get that.  I was like that for years.  But, after getting to work for the last 5 1/2 years with a friend that I have now known for 16 years, I have seen him operate pretty seemlessly in emacs, without needing to go to the shell that often.  I have seen some pretty cool features that nicely streamlined his workflow.

Its never easy picking up a new tool, that's for sure, especially when you like the features of your current tool, but sometimes you have to make concessions to go farther.  All that said, don't be surprised if you see emacs related posts here, as I am wanting to share what I am learning.

In closing I will provide the two initial links that I am using to start my journey down the emacs path:

Absolute Beginner's Guide To Emacs
Practical Emacs Tutorial

Hopefully, if you decide to also venture down this road, those will help you as well.  I will say that so far, the Absolute Beginner's Guide has been awesome!!

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