Chapter 7. The emacs Editor


7. The emacs Editor

IN THIS CHAPTER

History

200

emacs Versus vim

201

Tutorial: Getting Started with emacs

201

Basic Editing Commands

207

Online Help

213

Advanced Editing

215

Language-Sensitive Editing

228

Customizing emacs

238


In 1956 the Lisp (List processing) language was developed at MIT by John McCarthy. In its original conception, Lisp had only a few scalar (atomic) data types and only one data structure (page 929): a list. Lists could contain atomic data or perhaps other lists. Lisp supported recursion and nonnumeric data (exciting concepts in those FORTRAN and COBOL days) and, in the Cambridge culture at least, was once the favored implementation language. Richard Stallman and Guy Steele were part of this MIT Lisp culture. In 1975 they collaborated on emacs, which Stallman maintained by himself for a long time. This chapter discusses the emacs editor as implemented by the Free Software Foundation (GNU). The emacs home page is www.gnu.org/software/emacs.




A Practical Guide to UNIX[r] for Mac OS[r] X Users
A Practical Guide to UNIX for Mac OS X Users
ISBN: 0131863339
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 234

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