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Re: beginner el form

From: Tim X
Subject: Re: beginner el form
Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 12:42:43 +1000
User-agent: Gnus/5.1007 (Gnus v5.10.7) Emacs/21.4 (gnu/linux)

Adam <address@hidden> writes:

> Yep. This originally was for an Elisp novice, to start putting together
> components that could be cut+yanked and evaluated in part - in the one
> buffer. Eventually "putting it all together" into the final form. 
> As a novice - a little trial and error goes in to auditioning the various
> functions. And much lookup in the Lisp manual. So, variously-working forms
> sit side-by-side with better working ones, as we scratch our head and try
> again. 
> If anyone has any better suggestions, for a novice tinkering away, they
> would be welcome.  Gleaning meaningful info from the debugger would seem to
> be a candidate for a newbie lesson. 
Others have mentioned the scratch buffer and lisp interaction
mode. Another tool which is quite useful for beginners is ielm

,----[ C-h f ielm RET ]
| ielm is an interactive compiled Lisp function in `ielm'.
| (ielm)
| Interactively evaluate Emacs Lisp expressions.
| Switches to the buffer `*ielm*', or creates it if it does not exist.


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