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Re: Newbie programmer beginning to use Emacs, Help!

From: Allan
Subject: Re: Newbie programmer beginning to use Emacs, Help!
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:21:58 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (windows-nt)

Sean Ochoa <address@hidden> writes:

> Hey all.  I'm sure you get this a lot for those adventurous enough to
> venture out from windows (notepad-esc) text editors... but I'm totally
> confused by the help files about how to use Emacs.  Here are a few of
> my questions, for starters:
> 1.  What is the "Meta" key (I couldn't find a definition that makes
> sense in documentation anywhere)?  I'm using a HP Pavillion dv9428nr
> laptop running win xp pro and Emacs v22.1.1
`c-' = <ctrl>, `M-' = <alt> . Do the tutorial to get used to the keystrokes for 
basic editing. You can also use the scroll bar and the Edit tab on the menu bar.
> 2.  How to enter a command like ftp user:address@hidden
> password:admin_password, so that I can work on files from my web
> server (as a side note, does emacs support ftp 'save-as' to server?)?
I don't know; I use an FTP client such as Filezilla and edit on my machine then 
> 3.  What exactly is 'Dired Mode'?
> A note for any answers:  I've already read through what I could find
> the the user manual, and I'm still stuck.
If you don't understand something in the manual at first skip it and read 
something else; there is a lot there. You may need some reference books on Lisp 
as well if you are not familiar with Lisp at all. Fortunately I have some old 
textbooks from the early eighties that are still relevent to elisp.
> Thanks for any additional assistance!
>  - Sean

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