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Re: I wrote a mini manual for Emacs

From: Tu Do
Subject: Re: I wrote a mini manual for Emacs
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:37:12 +0700

Well, I did in the section "Why Emacs?" at the beginning, emphasized that
Emacs is not a mere editor but a programming platform and has relation to
Lisp Machine. However, someone said that is not good for beginners to put
non-starter stuffs there. So I moved it to the appendix.

On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 1:11 AM, MBR <address@hidden> wrote:

>  Good work!
> I'd like to say something about the section ""I don't want a complicated
> 'editor', I want something simple like Notepad(++)" in which you talk about
> IDEs.  When I started using Emacs (after about 10 years of using vi), I
> immediately noticed that Emacs was very different from any other editor I'd
> ever worked with.  With all other editors, I'd use them for editing text
> and do everything else from a shell prompt.
> But once I started using Emacs I started telling people, "Emacs isn't an
> editor, it's a way of life!"  What I meant by that was that I found I was
> starting up a single instance of Emacs in the morning, and virtually
> everything I did the rest of the day was done inside Emacs.  If I needed to
> run a shell command, I'd do that inside an Emacs shell buffer because that
> way the command's output was automatically captured in the buffer and I
> could then use it like any other text - comparing it to other things with
> compare-window, searching for regular expressions in the output, saving
> some interesting portion of the output by simply copying it to a file,
> etc., etc.
> Besides being able to run a shell inside the "editor", you could run your
> compiler and linker straight from Emacs and have it parse and highlight any
> errors; you could debug your code inside Emacs with gdb and later gud, and
> have many added benefits over running gdb directly from the shell.  One of
> those benefits is having it show you the source code, including a pointer
> showing what line of code you're about to execute.
> The bottom line is that Emacs actually is an IDE, not merely a text
> editor.  It just happens to be an IDE that works on a dumb terminal.  As
> a matter of fact, it's the original IDE!  It existed before any of the
> GUI-style IDEs existed, and many features commonly found in IDEs were
> copied from Emacs.
> So, it wouldn't hurt to emphasize at the beginning of your Mini Manual
> that Emacs should not be thought of as an editor.  It is a software
> development environment with powerful text editing capabilities.  And it's
> much more than even that!
> Mark Rosenthal
> On 6/16/14 1:24 AM, Tu Do wrote:
>  Hi everyone,
> I wrote an Emacs Mini Manual for complete beginners to be productive with
> Emacs common tools without having to look all over the manual. It provides
> a starting point before reading the full Emacs manual. Folow this link: Why
> This Guide? <> 
> <> to read it
> fully.
> I hope it will be useful for new people switching to Ubuntu and want to
> have a nice development environment. If you find mistakes, please report it
> to me. If you think I'm missing commonly used tools or some idiomatic uses
> of Emacs, please tell me.
> Thanks

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