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Literate Configuration
Publishing with Emacs, Org-mode and Leanpub
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Literate Configuration

Literate Configuration

Beautiful and functional configuration files using literate programming
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This booklet will teach you about Literate Configuration, which is the application of Literate Programming to configuration files. Literate Programming can be especially applicable to configuration files for the following reasons:

  • Configuration files are inherently focused, since they correspond to a single application, program or set of programs, all related. This makes it easier to draw a narrative for them;
  • Most configuration files are self-contained but their structure and syntax may not be immediately evident, so they benefit from a human-readable explanation of their contents;
  • Configuration files are often shared and read by others, as we all like to learn by reading the config files of other people. Applying Literate Programming to config files makes them much easier to share, since their explanation is naturally woven into the code;

Org-mode is a powerful and simple markup language for general writing, but with unique features that make it easy to include code within the text, and even further, to easily extract that code into stand-alone source files which can be interpreted by their corresponding programs.

Whether you already use Emacs and org-mode or not, you will find value in this book by seeing how uniquely Literate Programming can help you better write, maintain, understand and share your config files.

Publishing with Emacs, Org-mode and Leanpub

Publishing with Emacs, Org-mode and Leanpub

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Publishing your words has never been easier than it is today. Blogging means you can have your words read by thousands of people within minutes of writing them. Even publishing a book has become considerably easier through self publishing. There are many tools and publishers that allow you to get started for little or no money. Still, getting started can be confusing, and that is what this book is about.

In this book, I will show you the workflow and tools I use to publish my books. The three main tools involved are:

  • The GNU Emacs editor together with Org-mode for writing, editing and exporting your text;
  • GitHub or Bitbucket to store your book files.
  • Leanpub for typesetting, previewing, publishing and selling your work.

The following are optional, but highly recommended for making the workflow more automated and consistent:

  • Some CI/CD tool (e.g. CircleCI) for automating the typesetting, previewing and publication process;
  • Hammerspoon (if you are using a Mac) for monitoring book builds.

To illustrate the process and provide you with a starting point, the source repository for this book is available at https://github.com/zzamboni/emacs-org-leanpub. I am populating the repository live as I write this book!

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