Sunday, November 4, 2007

Emacs and Info page.

It's 1:43am. If usual day-light-saving was applied, it is 2:43am. I woke up in the middle of the night without any reason, and couldn't go back to sleep. I thought about, 'This is a perfect chance to catch up my researches deferred for many months!'

But, I couldn't start any of project. I was not just for programming at this moment. Instead, I decided to catch up some emacs stuff. Emacs became my favorite editor for 6 months. My previous post revealed that I was a vim user. I used it for 8 years, and I switched to Emacs. When I started to use Emacs this year, I thought 'Why do people cry about emacs so much?' As vim was not intuitive, Emacs was not either. Advanced stuff in Vim requires extensive knowledge, Emacs needs it, too. First, it started with curiosity, after 6 months later I realize why Emacs is so much a great editor.

Info must be one which makes emacs great editor. In my opinion, info page in Emacs is one of the greatest documentation tool. It had some of topics I already read from the web, or other sources. If someone starts to use linux, I will recommend to learn how to use Info page. Because, documentation accessibility is great. It is like a good book shelf for many topics. It is very well organized. I would like to have chances to visit as many pages as possible.

Luckily, I still remember core of vim. I found myself editing files using vim when I sshed to servers. I could bring Emacs over X forward, but these servers were mostly configured by vim. I guess it's momentum. I would not give up Vim, because it is also a great tool, but I would not spend time to research about vim anymore.

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