Archive for the ‘Emacs’ Category

Writing Games with Emacs

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Writing Games with Emacs by Zachary Kanfer. (video)

From the description:

Games are a great way to get started writing programs in any language. In Emacs Lisp, they’re even better—you use the same exact techniques to extend Emacs, configuring it to do what you want. In this presentation, Zachary Kanfer livecodes tic-tac-toe. You’ll see how to create a basic major mode, make functions, store state, and set keybindings.

You can grab the source code at:

Ready to build some muscle memory?

You Can Contribute Proof Reading! (Emacs/Elisp)

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

I saw a tweet today by John Wiegley asking for volunteers to proof read the manual for Emacs 25.0.50 and Elisp 25.0.50.

Obtain the files: (PDF and info formats)

Report bugs: M-x report-emacs-bug.

Is this the year you are going to make a contribution to an open source project?

Helmification of XML Unicode

Friday, January 8th, 2016

XML Unicode by Norman Walsh.

From the webpage:

XML Unicode provides some convenience methods for inserting Unicode characters. When it started, the focus was on characters that were traditionally inserted with named character entities, things like é.

In practice, and in the age of UTF-8, the “insert unicode character” function, especially the Helm-enabled version, is much more broadly useful.

You’re most likely going to want to bind some or all of them to keys.

Complete with suggested key bindings!

Oh, the image from Norman’s tweet:


FYI, the earliest use of helm-ification (note the hyphen) I can find was on November 24, 2015 by Christian Romney. Citation authorities remain split on whether Christian’s helm-ification or Norman’s helmification is the correct usage. 😉

Emacs – Helm and @ndw

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

A Package in a league of its own: Helm

From the webpage:

Helm is incremental completion and selection narrowing framework for Emacs. It will help steer you in the right direction when you’re looking for stuff in Emacs (like buffers, files, etc).

Helm is a fork of anything.el originally written by Tamas Patrovic and can be considered to be its successor. Helm sets out to clean up the legacy code in anything.el and provide a cleaner, leaner and more modular tool, that’s not tied in the trap of backward compatibility.

I saw the following tweet from Norman Walsh today:

Been hacking #Emacs again the past few days. Serious fun. Also: finally became a helm convert. Seriously productive.

I know better.

I should look away, quickly when I see “Emacs” and “Norman Walsh” in a tweet together.

But, just like every other time, I follow the reference, this time to Helm (see above).

I will become more productive, from using Helm or learning more about Emacs in the process. It’s a win either way.

The downside, not too serious a downside, is that I will lose N hours this week as I pursue this lead.

It’s one of the risks of following someone like Norman Walsh on Twitter. But an acceptable one.