Package.el has gotten a series of improvements after the release of 24.4. Since I’ve found that people like to read about upcoming features, I’m starting a new series exclusively about our favorite package manager. Today, we talk dependencies. [...]
Proof-general is a powerful client for the Coq proof assistant, and Software Foundations is great interactive tutorial for the language. As I was following the tutorial, I felt the need to speed things up a little bit. Today’s post is just some configuration code I wrote for that effect. [...]
If you’ve been following our journey of typography, you must now have pretty apostrophes all over your org documents. But if that’s the case, you probably also noticed a drawback. Ispell doesn’t like them very much. Now how are we supposed to use our amazing auto-correct? [...]
It was a few years ago that I learned about
ace-jump-mode in one of Magnar’s
Emacs Rocks episodes. Over this time, slowly but surely, this one simple command
has completely taken over my workflow. It was only last week that I realised how
ingrained it is on my muscle memory. As I shared this thought on twitter,
ace-window was mentioned in the conversation and I decided to
give it a try.
This tip comes from colleague of mine. Ben has a mailing group at work where he
sends weekly Emacs tips. They’re always short and useful, but today’s tip was
quite the gem for me. Emacs has a
“With great power comes great responsibility,” and Emacs is a prime example of that. The versatility of having an editor that’s a lisp interpreter is truly empowering, but it can also backfire on you in the most unexpected ways. If you’ve ever ran into a foggy incompatibility issue between two unrelated packages, that manifested itself by turning on your mother’s coffee machine every other weekday, then you know how difficult this can be to track down. [...]
I’ve never been too pleased with the default behaviour of Backspace during
isearch. If the last key you hit was C-s, then it does the same as C-r
(albeit with less repetition), and if your match failed several characters ago,
you need to hit it that many times to get back on track. Fortunately, asmeurer
took the time to phrase this problem I barely realised I had.
SX.el, the awesome Emacs client for the StackExchange network, has been stable and happy for many months now, and it’s about time I mentioned it here. We have put considerable effort into making the interface intuitive, teaching you how to use it without the need for explanations. In fact, it would probably be a disservice to the package for me to post a tutorial, so I won’t just yet. Instead, I’ll just urge you to give it a try. [...]
Cluttered as our keyboards are with key-binds, it's always nice when we can combine two disjoint functionalities in the same key. I have M-k and C-M-k bound to killing the next and previous sexp, respectively, but that is never something I need inside a string or when typing a file name in the minibuffer. Then these keys become utterly useless! [...]
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a Clojure debugger for Cider that is strongly inspired by Edebug. Stepping trough code of any form and injecting values into running code are the features available in this first release. [...]
Thanks to Nicolas Petton, Emacs is getting a new built-in sequence library in 25.1, and it’s already available on GNU Elpa for everyone. There’s not much to be said about this besides the obvious “it’s about time”. [...]
Did you know you can fetch Github pull requests with git by adding a
remote.origin.fetch configuration? That insightful tip is a courtesy of Oleh
at (or emacs, a very active blog that has a habit of unbalancing parentheses
wherever it goes). I like the tip so much I wanted to add something to it.
Instead of manually adding that line to you
.git/config file, why not have
Magit do that for you?
After adding asynchronous operations to Paradox, I saw the need to provide some visual feedback to the user. In the simplest sense, this could be a fixed message on the mode-line, such as “Upgrading…” or “Working”, but this is not enough. I needed movement. Movement implies something is ongoing. It catches your eye and gives you that subconscious reassurance that progress is being made. A tiny spinning wheel, hourglass, or rainbow is enough to sooth all your doubts, unerringly restoring your confidence on the software and those who made it. [...]
Now that you’ve started your journey on the Typography Express by using round double quotes, take a seat and extend that to your apostrophes as well. This snippet binds a round apostrophe to the ' key, but also inserts a pair of single round quotes with a prefix. [...]