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black
08-10-2004, 01:14 AM
hi guys~

i'm learning C++ with emacs but i do not know much on emacs so i want to pick some books to help me, someone suggests GNU Emacs published by O'Reilly, so i want some comments from anyone who read it through before, is it good book, or say good enough for telling us everything about emacs intergrated with C++ ? I'd appreciate any response, thanx.

sand_man
08-10-2004, 05:15 AM
why emacs?

Perspective
08-10-2004, 08:45 AM
why emacs?
because emacs is a great editor.


Dont by a book, open emacs,
click: Help -> Emacs Tutorial
(or press C-x h)

have a read through that and you'll know enough to get started.

chrismiceli
08-10-2004, 10:04 AM
Don't read a book on emacs, use vim (http://www.vim.org/) :).

black
08-10-2004, 08:45 PM
Don't read a book on emacs, use vim (http://www.vim.org/) :).

hey chrismiceli look at your avatar :eek: it is emacs one right ? and you suggest vim for me ??? :confused:

prog-bman
08-10-2004, 09:38 PM
No his avatar is the gnu logo i think http://www.gnu.org/

black
08-10-2004, 10:36 PM
oh really thanx for mentioning that prog-bman, and now, any comments on that book ? please share your opinion before i get it.

linuxdude
08-10-2004, 11:13 PM
that isn't the emacs logo but the standard gnu ox logo. As far as buying a book on emacs, I would just go with an open source book(this isn't the same book though) A tutorial (http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/index.html)
Oh, and I have to push vim also:D

kermit
08-11-2004, 04:34 AM
oh really thanx for mentioning that prog-bman, and now, any comments on that book ? please share your opinion before i get it.

If it is this (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1565921526/qid=1092219931/sr=8-1/ref=pd_ka_1/104-8346958-0237559?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) book you are referring to, it is a good intro to the basic usage of emacs. It covers a variety of subjects, including some of the more obscure aspects of the editor (try M-x doctor, or M-x yow [for a quote from Zippy the pinhead], of M-x psychoanalyze-pinhead [this pipes Zippy the Pinhead's quotes into the doctor program - kind of funny]) I will say that it covers the C major mode, but the coverage is not extensive. Personally I would not buy the book again - there are lots of references on the net that have good info.

HTH

~/

Zach L.
08-11-2004, 11:28 AM
Go with emacs... Great operating system... Just needs a text editor. ;)
Anyways, yes, I would simply use online tutorials. The ones that are built in are pretty good, and there are plenty of others online.

linuxdude
08-11-2004, 11:56 AM
that was hilarious. good one Zach, really good.

kermit
08-11-2004, 03:43 PM
Go with emacs... Great operating system... Just needs a text editor. ;)
Anyways, yes, I would simply use online tutorials. The ones that are built in are pretty good, and there are plenty of others online.

This (http://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/ed.msg.html) is kind of funny too - its about ed, not emacs, but the dude makes a joke about the size of emacs a little bit down from the top. ;)

black
08-12-2004, 09:04 PM
my book has arrived ! i got it last night and hasnt read it yet. i may be busying in doing it the next a few days, Cheers.

anyway thanx all of your guys.