Below is a stream-of-unconsciouness enumeration of some GNU Emacs thoughts...
Been a fairly happy user of anything.el
- though about all I use it for is selecting files to open. That and dabbrev-expand
(M-/) are what I obviously miss the most when not using GNU Emacs.
My unsophisticated git needs are mostly covered by magit
Am appreciating the mentioned package management system (ELPA
) though I've only been aware of the installing and uninstalling portions.
I continue to use and appreciate M-x shell
-- M-/ gets some good use here.
Often find myself using keyboard macros
to make repetitive changes to buffer content -- they also come in handy for renaming files and directories using dired
I didn't understand the allure of Org mode
until recently, but now I have an inkling of some of its potential.
I often find myself creating new frames
and splitting windows
when trying to follow a code path. Being able to view more than one location of a file simultaneously has really been nice -- I see this feature only occasionally elsewhere and wish for it when I fail to find it.
Darker background colors seem to hurt my eyes less so I try to use appropriate themes -- there appears to be a bundle system now, and I tried my hand at modiyfing an existing theme by following this
Regarding configuration, I'm not a fan of customize
, but I appreciate that it can help in the discovery process. I try to keep my settings simple and tend to start over when I set up new machines instead of carrying around something that grows over the years. I find it quite nice to be able to express certain configurations using Emacs Lisp
but I can appreciate not wanting to.
I don't currently and have repeatedly not succeeded in living inside of GNU Emacs -- I also use Vim.
Aside from the official documentation, I have found the following handy at times: