In the past, I have written about using Emacs as a C IDE , and some other stuff . However, I did not realize that I have been using Emacs for many other things. To be brutally honest, I would not have enjoyed using
Emacs anywhere nearly as much if it wasn’t for the features listed here. So, I decided to cover some of them. I will provide the configs that I have used to get them to work out of the box on my setup (as in, by literally copying from
. emacs )
tl; dr: If you are impatient to get started skip this section and proceed to the first section with package
I am running
Emacs - 1. compiled from source. You don’t need this All the packages were installed from
Emacs package Manager. By running,
This should bring up a list of packages available in
MELPA . Now, don’t worry if you don’t know what
MELPA is, just think of it as a repository of all packages, as in, analogous to the Debian Package Repo in Debian / Ubuntu distros. In this case, we get a long list of available packages like below:
If you select a package then a new buffer with it’s short description pops up. This buffer usually contains a “Quick Start” instruction. You can simply press
i and then
x ) to install the package. So if you like any of the following packages you could do that.
If you don’t know what this is, just drop whatever you are doing and give this a shot. Odds are, it is totally going to be worth your time.
I don’t think I should try and describe this feature but here is the official blurb from their
Helm is an Emacs framework for incremental completions and narrowing selections. It helps to rapidly complete file names, buffer names, or any other Emacs interactions requiring selecting an item from a list of possible choices.
() require ‘helm
(t) ( global-set-keyCx Cm ” (hello- Mx ) ( global-set-keyCc Cm ” (hello- Mx ) ( define-key evil-ex-map x 'helm-Mx
) ( define-key evil-ex-map "b" 'helm-mini
) ( define-key evil-ex-map“e” 'helm-find-files )evil-ex-map “f” 'helm-projectile-find-file )
Extensible VI Layer for Emacs. This is, obviously, a big controversial topic to stray away from a
purist’s Emacs experience. To be honest, there is no such thing. In my opinion, the raw power of Emacs mainly comes from the ability to turn Emacs into whatever you want. I grew up using machines that did not have anything apart from
vion them so I ended up using it quite a bit and got quite good at it too. I’m no guru, but I can use
vimwell enough to get some work done quickly or feel productive without knowing why.
Approved By Your Orthopedician
Using Emacs, I missed the single key press commands a lot, mostly because I am terribly slow at typing, at least, in comparison with
masters I have encountered
evil-mode (1) ;;;; define shortcuts for powerful commands(
() require 'evil
;;;; these can be invoked vim-style ;;;; Esc-: Esc-
( define-key evil-ex-map "b" 'helm-mini
) ( define-key evil-ex-map“e” 'helm-find-files ) ( define-key evil-ex-map"g" 'helm-projectile-grep ) ( define-key evil-ex-map “f” 'helm-projectile-find-file ) ;;;; I wept with joy about this in: ;;;; http://www.mycpu.org/emacs- - magit-magic / ( define-key evil-ex-map “m” 'magit-blame
I cannot understand why people are not running on the streets just pinching their scalps because they are stark raving mad with joy, because that’s how
helm-projectilemakes me feel.
() require 'helm-projectile )
define-key evil-ex-map"g" 'helm-projectile-grep ) (
Since this is aesthetics based, it is very subjective. So skip this section if you are happy but if you like what you see in the screenshots above, continue.
Doom Themeshelped me setup a “modern” looking Emacs. I get bored from time to time about using the same looks on my
Emacs(feel like there’s some room for psycho-analysis there). So I kept looking for “that one theme” on Emacs. I used the
zenburntheme for a long time. But I eventually realized that I Actually like contrasting font but not with colors that are too sharp. Enter
Doom Themes, in particular,
doom-molokaiwhich apparently mimics the look and feel of the Modern
IDE. The bare minimum setup required for the above setup is presented here. I use a modified version of this
from the Internet.
() require 'doom-themes )
indent-guide-global-mode ( set-face-background 'indent-guide-face “dimgray” ) ; Global settings (defaults) ( setq
doom-themes-enable-bold (t t (if ; nil, bold is universally disabled doom-themes-enable-italic t ; if nil, italics is universally disabled ; Load the theme (doom-one, doom-molokai, etc); keep in mind that each ; theme may have their own settings.
( load-theme 'doom-molokai (t ; Enable flashing mode-line on errors ( doom-themes-visual-bell-config ; Enable custom neotree theme ( doom-themes-neotree-config
; all-the-icons fonts must be installed! ( require 'doom-modeline
Reading Email in Emacs with MU4E
This really deserves a complete post to itself. The configuration this requires is sort of non-trivial (my case at least). Lack of good Email Clients on Emacs has had been one of my long time peeves, sorry
Gnus. Apparently I was not alone, and someone else (thankfully, smarter and more skilled) felt this needed to be solved too.
mu4ealong with offlineimap have given me an in-Emacs solution to writing emails that I actually enjoy.