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Re: emacs lisp programming help

From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: emacs lisp programming help
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 20:37:58 +0100
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address@hidden writes:

> On Jan 29, 1:13 pm, address@hidden (Pascal J. Bourguignon)
> wrote:
>> In general, emacs questions (even emacs lisp) would be
> I was about to do that but then I hesitated and look for a forum with
> the word 'lisp' on it.
>> What does the quote do?  What does 'x evaluate to?
>> And what does '(a b c) evaluate to?
>> And what does '(a . b) evaluate to?
>> So what does '(font . my-default-font) evaluate to?
> I cannot really answer these questions. I do not know.

You can either know it by learning more emacs lisp,

or by asking emacs itself to give you the answer.

Go in the *scratch* buffer, put it in emacs-lisp-mode
(type M-x emacs-lisp-mode RET)
then type: 

'x C-u C-x C-e
'(a b c) C-u C-x C-e
'(a . b) C-u C-x C-e
'(font . my-default-font) C-u C-x C-e

and compare with:
(setq x 42) C-x C-e
x C-u C-x C-e
(a b c) C-u C-x C-e   (type q to get out of the debugger)
(list 'a 'b 'c)  C-u C-x C-e
(a . b) 
(cons 'a 'b)

With C-x C-e, the previous s-exp is evaluated and the result is printed in the 
mini buffer.
With C-u C-x C-e, the result is inserted at the point in the current buffer.

An alternative is to call up the REPL: M-x ielm RET
and then you can type your emacs lisp expressions and just type RET to get the 

'x RET
'(a b c) RET
(list 'a 'b 'c) RET

Notice that you can use C-x C-u in almost all the modes, so if you
need to insert repeatitive code, you can quickly do it by writting  a
lisp expression to do so;

(dolist (color '(red green blue))
  (insert (format "this->setPlane(Color::%s,other->getPlane(Color::%s));\n" 
color color)))
C-x C-e 

(and you can keep the emacs lisp code in a C comment if you may need
to change it later).

>> What other mean to create a cons cell do you know?
> Using (cons ...), that helped. Many many thanks for the help.
> Rodrigo

__Pascal Bourguignon__

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