Learning GNU Emacs, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 1996
Pages: 568

GNU Emacs is the most popular and widespread of the Emacs family of editors. It is also the most powerful and flexible. Unlike all other text editors, GNU Emacs is a complete working environment -- you can stay within Emacs all day without leaving. This book tells you how to get started with the GNU Emacs editor. It will also "grow" with you: as you become more proficient, this book will help you learn how to use Emacs more effectively. It takes you from basic Emacs usage (simple text editing) to moderately complicated customization and programming.The second edition of Learning GNU Emacs describes all of the new features of GNU Emacs 19.30, including fonts and colors, pull-down menus, scroll bars, enhanced X Window support, and correct bindings for most standard keys. GNUS, a Usenet newsreader, and ange-ftp mode, a transparent interface to the file transfer protocol, are also described.Learning GNU Emacs, second edition, covers:

  • Using Emacs as an Internet Toolkit (to use electronic mail and Usenet news, telnet to other computers, retrieve files using FTP, browse the World Wide Web, and author Web documents)
  • Emacs' rich, comprehensive online help facilities
  • How to edit files with Emacs
  • Using Emacs as a "shell environment"
  • How to take advantage of "built-in" formatting features
  • How to use multiple buffers, Emacs windows, and X Windows
  • Customizing Emacs
  • The Emacs interface to the X Window System, which allows you to use a mouse and pop-up menus
  • Whys and hows of writing macros to circumvent repetitious tasks
  • Emacs as a programming environment
  • The basics of Emacs LISP
  • How to get Emacs
The book is aimed at new Emacs users, whether or not they are programmers. Also useful for readers switching from other Emacs implementations to GNU Emacs.
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How about an update to version 21.x of Emacs? The in-print edition is **O-L-D**.

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This book covers toomuch useless material. Nobody is going to check mail/ftp/telnet/news/browse with emacs. Yes, Emacs can do these things, but so what? It dosn't mater. A browser like NS can do it too, and better. The main point of emacs is that it's suposed to be a good word processor; that it can be use to write and assist in debuging code.

My intrest in Emacs was as a programer, and this book failed me totaly. The section on programing is 10 pages long. If you want to use emacs to code, just look for the info on the net. There isn't anything in this book that you couldn't find in a student essay on using emacs as a programing tool.

I find this book to be much to long getting to the point. The material covered in the frist five chapters is covered in the free tutorial included with emacs. 120 pages to explain what the sentence "Open emacs, press Ctrl-h t and read the tutorial."

I think that the writers (yes, it took 3 people) of this book thought that people might want to use emacs for word processing, and I think the writer was paid by the page, not the project, hence the 500 page book.

To the editors I say: Trim about 200 pages off this one. Emacs is full of features, but lots of them are useless and exotic. Try to make the next edition of this book more like your book on bash (shell).

To people wanting this book I say: forget it. Your throwing your cash away. Do a search on Google, this book dosn't deliver. I would take mine back to the store, but I pulled out the little 'hint' card in the back, so they wont take it back.

 
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How about an update to the 20.x version of Emacs?

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