[Ilugc] Emacs Power
- From: karra@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Sriram Karra)
- Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2002 20:44:00 +0530
"PrAvEeN KuMaR" <praveen@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
I don't know much about Emacs as I use Vim most often. But they call
Emacs as the most powerful editor on the earth. Can anyone please
say me what are all can be done with Emacs. Thanks, Praveen.
Emacs has features that will satisfy most unix programmers' needs. It
is primarily a programmer's editor and a lot of the early features
were geared towards this end. Apart from the mundane, like editing
the program source code, you can compile programs from within Emacs,
look at the error output and jump directly to the error-bearing line
of code, and once the build is successul, you can use Emacs with gdb
to get a visual debugging session.
In sum, Emacs can be a wonderful IDE.
All this is possible because Emacs is an extensible editor - meaning
one can add any amount of functionality to Emacs and also change the
default behaviour completely as one wishes. [ Note: this differs
subtly but powerfully from the sense "one can add any amount of
functionality of Linux by modifying the source code" ]
People have, over the years, put this extensibility to various use and
now you have a variety of things you can do with Emacs - browse the
web, read Email, Usenet news, etc. etc.
Ok, well. that should give you enough food for thought now... just let
me know when you need more :)
All's well that ends.
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