org-mode has a very useful command,
org-time-stamp, which helps you insert
dates from a calendar. So you can quickly type C-c . RET to insert
<2015-10-05 Mon>, for instance. These time-stamps are used by Org in a variety
of ways, so they are wrapped in
<> to make them easy to parse. The downside
being that they look less than optimal when exported.
This is one of those small functionalities that makes your life considerably easier, and yet a surprising number of people don’t know about it. When Emacs prompts you for something in the minibuffer, you might be aware that you can navigate back and forth in the prompt’s history with M-p and M-n, but did you know you can even step into the future? [...]
This weekend I found myself doing some heavy-weight refactoring in CIDER. This is the kind of situation where Flycheck helps a lot, but I still needed it to do a bit more. Every time I made a significant change to a file, I had to visit 3 or 5 other files and trigger Flycheck on each one of them. It wasn’t long before I decide there had to be a way to just Flycheck a whole directory. [...]
If you’ve taken the time to browse some Elisp source files, you’ve no doubt run
into that odd little
^L, a.k.a. the form feed character. Emacs uses these
white space characters as page delimiters. This makes for a very convenient way
to split a file into sections, and quickly navigate between them. I won’t go too
deep into them, as Eric James has already written a great crash course on pages
that you should go check out.
Every computer user, to some extend, is a user of Open Source Software (even if most of them are oblivious to that). This is only possible because the developers of these pieces of software have donated their time to us, who are nothing short of complete strangers to them. These are regular people, with just as much free time as you or I—sometimes a bit more, sometimes even less. [...]
Nameless is an Emacs package for hiding namespace prefixes in elisp code. It is a short and simple minor-mode that changes the display, without changing the contents of the buffer. Using it is as simple as turning it on, there’s no need to change your package in any way. [...]
As you grow accustomed to fine-tuning your Emacs experience, it’s not unusual to start using local variables in your files. These are specified as comment lines at the end of the file, and are extremely practical in a number of scenarios. Here’s a very simple org file. [...]
If you’ve every tried to do some spell-checking in
org-mode you know how
finicky that can be. Ispell is happy to check absolutely anything, even code
blocks and property drawers! When you’re blogging about code-snippets from an
org file this annoyance quickly turns into irritation. Here’s how you fix it.
Commenting is a very frequent piece of a programmer’s workflow, and it’s
important to make it seamless and simple. For the more statemental languages,
that’s as easy as writing a custom
comment-line command. However, when
you’re writing in Lisp languages, that just won’t do. Trying to comment out
lines in a sexp-oriented structure, feels a lot like trying to hit a nail with a
heavy screwdriver—it sometimes gets the job done, but it mostly just leads to
Link handling and exporting is one of the most versatile aspects of org-mode. Did you know you can make org-mode understand Markdown style link IDs? [...]
Transposing is another of those features that I really miss when not in Emacs.
It took me several months of actively reminding myself in order to finally
incorporate it into my regular arsenal. Now, not a day goes by that I don’t
transpose a few lines, and usually some words and sexps as well, but the
transpose-char still seems to elude me.
If you’re a frequent reader, no doubt you noticed an embedded Youtube video on a
post a couple of weeks ago. Youtube makes it pretty simple to embed videos, they
give you the entire
iframe HTML code to use, but this wouldn’t really be Emacs
if we couldn’t make things just a little bit easier. Just add the snippet below
to your init file, and you’re good to go.
This is something that’s bothered me for a very long time. My pinky is slow when it comes to releasing the Shift key, and frequently leads to typos. MOst typos (hitting letters in the wrong order) are already covered by auto-correction, but there’s another common typo that it doesn’t fix. EVery now and then, I’ll start a sentence with two uppercase letters. [...]
Install JDEE! Ok, maybe that’s an overstatement. JDEE is far from simple, and it hasn’t been able to keep up very well since Java 1.4. However, thanks to Stephen Leake & folks, that might be starting to change. JDEE is now on Github, and it could definitely use your help. [...]
Over the last couple of weeks I had a few more days to work on the Cider
debugger, and it’s getting a slew of improvements on the next release
0.10.0). This starts with a complete rewrite, so it now supports almost
everything, and ends with some small features and UI improvements. Without
further delay, here’s a video.