Hacking your way around in Emacs
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Hacking your way around in Emacs

About the Book

This is an intermediate textbook on Emacs Lisp. If you are an Emacs user, chances are you may want to learn some Emacs Lisp (also called Elisp) – the language the Emacs editor is (mostly) written in. Emacs is an incredibly flexible tool, but using this flexibility requires learning to express oneself in the language Emacs understands.

This is not a beginner's book. That role is best fulfilled by Robert J. Chassell's fantastic (and free!) book entitled An introduction to programming in Emacs Lisp. This book is intended as the next step after reading that one.

After having studied this book, the reader should be able to program Emacs using some common Elisp idioms, know a fair amount of built-in functions and know how to learn about more of them, read parts of Emacs' source code, and consult the Emacs Lisp Reference whenever needed.

This book is focused on practice. While I introduce all needed concepts and explain them, they are all motivated by practical needs and backed up by actual, working code.

This book is still being written. I expect it to have between 100 and 150 pages when finished, and I plan to finish it by August 2021. With an experience of almost 7 years of regular blogging with one post every week, and having tracked the time spent on writing very carefully, this is actually based on data and not wishful thinking – of course, unless a meteor strikes the Earth and destroys the Internet, I get hit by a bus or something similar happens (hopefully, no such event will occur).

About the Author

Marcin Borkowski
Marcin Borkowski

I am a mathematician, a blogger, a technical writer, a programmer, and an Emacs user. Also, a part of a multi-generational family of geeks, a boardgamer, amateur translator, a former teacher and more.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • About this book
    • About Emacs
    • About the author
  • Book contents
    • Moving lines around
    • Reordering parts of a sentence

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