Keeping it Small and Simple

2008.03.21

Use Emacs with all your hatred..

Filed under: Emacs — Tags: , , , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 02:14

.. and your journey to the dark side will be complete. 😉

I have begun reading Practical Common Lisp and as a consequence started using GNU Emacs. This would have been unthinkable a few years ago for a vi user like myself. But now I don’t mind. I’m not going to stop using vi, but rather adding another tool to my toolkit.

What attracted me to vi and kept me away from emacs in the first place was the fact that the latter was a memory hog. In those days, I used elvis extensively. Later, I began to use vim more and more. Eventually, vim became *the* vi clone for me.

But things have changed. First of all, computers emacs may use eight megabytes (and a whole lot more), but computers have much more memory these days. Second, vim has reached a stage where it cannot be called light-weight any more. And elvis is dead and gone. Better get over it.

I’m resisting the temptation to use Viper or any other package that makes emacs behave more like vi. If I’m going to learn to use Emacs, I might as well do it on its own terms. This has so far led to a few interesting problems, like finding ‘:wq’ all over my files. But I guess that is to be expected.

My path towards the dark side has already begun: I’m currently reading the Emacs tutorial (C-h t).

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