Emacs #1: Getting Started
I started learning Emacs last week!
I’m not using it full-time just yet, for now I’m studying it own its own, and using it for small tasks while I learn the basics.
I decided to keep weekly notes (using Emacs of course!) of the things I learn along the way.
- I started out by watching this video that shows off all the things Emacs can do.
- Next I read this article.
- I downloaded and installed Aquamacs, based on the recommendations in the article and video.
- I updated my Karabiner config to remap
returnto left and right
ctrlusing this modifier.
- I read through the built-in Emacs tutorial (using
- I practiced all the basic Emacs shortcuts like moving around, editing, and working with frames and buffers.
- I’m still pretty slow moving around and editing files, but I can remember a good bit of the shortcuts without looking now.
- I haven’t dug into major/minor modes much yet, but they seem really powerful.
- The built-in help features using
C-hare really helpful when I forget a shortcut.
- I discovered that lots of apps like Alfred, MarsEdit, and GitHub’s web UI support some of the Emacs keybindings like
C-pto navigate up/down menu items! Nifty! 🎉
- Aquamacs supports lots of the standard macOS shortcuts, like
⌘+w, which comes in handy (though I try not to use them).
Nothing fancy yet. Pretty much just the out-of-box Aquamacs.