[5] (Original footnote 2) probably there is no such thing in the first place, Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0, NEOrg - Numerical Simulation Organizer v.0.0.1 is released, Python script to plot histogram of commit frequency of Mercurial or Git repository, It is going to be bundled as of Emacs 23.2. How much effort do you have to put in to keep your .emacs.d up to date ? Actually, most of the problems (multithreading, libraries, file I/O) raised by this article can be solved by replacing Emacs Lisp backend with Guile, which is an active and promising project [1,2]. This is actually really interesting from a vim user's perspective. Now, although it is the other way around, Emacs can use non-free external program. What does that even mean? Again, to be clear: I use emacs every hour of every day. There have been a lot of Vim patches recently that are dramatically improving the long-existing Python scripting support in preparation for the upcoming Vim 7.4 release. That's fine, but they don't realize what's going on under the hood. So, the project will die a slow painful death, but I don't think that's happening anytime soon. I normally recommend switching to another editor if after several years you still don't appreciate the difference. I think it's telling that one of the suggested work-arounds according that article is: > Emacs' built-in "Viper-mode" that allows use of the vi key layout for basic text editing and the Emacs scheme for more advanced features. I use Emacs to edit text, and I have limbs I'd rather lose than have to perform that task with Vim's airbag in my face. What are you doing with emacs.d that requires a burdensome level of effort to keep it "up to date"? Elisp does have its drawbacks, and the Emacs community is suffering because of "philosophical" decisions like bzr (a dead project), instead of focusing on technical merit. You can download GNU Emacs releases from a nearby GNU mirror; or if automatic redirection does not work see the list of GNU mirrors, or use the main GNU ftpserver. Your Emacs is never waiting for an asynchronously-communicating external process, is it? The prototypical example of a process that communicates with Emacs synchronously is when Dired forks and execs the ls command to get a directory listing. He is the author of the famous auto-complete.el and you may be helped a lot by his implementation of native profiler merged in the latest Emacs release (24.3). That is what the article advocates(and I agree) - use emacs/vimscript for glue code, not for implementing interpreters or completers. see discussion [1] and SXEmacs [2]). eh ? It's ironic that some of the best parts of Emacs are the ones that look less like a Lisp Machine and more like a Unix pipeline, but there it is. A while ago I've blogged about my switch from Vim to Emacs, promising a blog post series, quite a mouthful nevertheless, it's time to continue the series. Comment 14 Mike FABIAN 2013-03-12 21:15:11 UTC *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 917130 *** Comment 15 fujiwara 2013-03-13 00:26:17 UTC (In reply to comment #12) > dead keys work perfectly in Emacs: > > The key to the right of ‘P’ followed by ‘c’ inserts ç. I expect to … > The virtue of Unix convention of making a big thing by combining small things is inherited in Emacs. This is because Semantic is going to provide a set of parsers implemented totally in Emacs Lisp. But it helps (or forces) developers to make these tools and languages cross-platform, which is good, I think. You can print this at 16.5″x10.75″ at 300dpi. ... but I think to unconditionally say the project is "dead" is over the top. That's funny: for a dead project, there's an awful lot of traffic on emacs-devel, a big user community, lots of interesting new projects (like org-mode), and an amazing amount of utility. You may notice at this point. So what is Emacs's kryptonite? Furthermore, it is merged to Emacs and it is going to be bundled in Emacs by the next release. First of all, Emacs is not dead. I assume that you could extend emacs with scheme, javascript, and soon lua. Guile is a very capable Scheme implementation that was made to be the official GNU extension language. What is Emacs? Who Wants EmacsLisp Dead? Will Guile ease the task of interfacing with an external program? As a novice Vim user who has at times wanted to try out Emacs, this has always been an irritation. Also Vim really needs good integration with other languages such as Python, because Vimscript is simply awful. The progress of performance brings new needs and researches, and there are new waves in the Emacs world. I don't think Sublime is heading the ways of IDEs.. why do you think so? I think that would be a excellent choice if you were writing a brand new editor. Having a steep beginner threshold is not only bad. I also don't understand the what you mean by "the level of effort required for each project" in the context of Emacs. There is a dead Elisp <-> Ruby bridge [5], but clearly not enough has been done about it. Packages are not static by a loooooong shot. Google translate makes no mention of this, while Bing describes js2-mode as "unusual, which makes more sense: "js2-mode new JavaScript for measure mode made by Developer Steve Yegge is somewhat unusual, as implemented in Emacs Lisp". Probably this is just too much of pessimism in the first place. The author compares this philosophy to Eclipse's where everything is a Java plugin written just for Eclipse. I would say this philosophy is for author of Emacs Lisp program (though this was not what Matsuyama was talking about). Its other commands are cryptically named and for years and years the documentation was nonexistent or terrible. ELisp is part of the success (though guile would be a step forward). I like F5. Kudos to the legendary Emacs hacker Jonas Bernoulli (a.k.a. I meant human efficiency, not the computer kind. Evil is awesome, drastically reduces the chances of emacs pinky. However, as this humble defence is broken through by the runtime defects mentioned above, I cannot defend it at all. I would have some hope if it were an open source project, and I were able to read the code. There is no "context switching". This is mostly because, by design, offloading tasks to other processes without blocking the gui-thread is easier to do in Emacs. Or to type a command ALT+: One doesnt have a dead step of this key press is to change modes. Whether that be with elisp or external processes matters not. And why not? To be honest, ELisp is not bad. Due to the practical reason, the problem of Emacs Lisp runtime, it is hard to implement code completion directly on Emacs. But the Emacs solution may seem a bit more laborious if you use a … However, as I said, Emacs Lisp is not good as a runtime. The reason why Emacs platform is good is that it cooperates with OS, not because it is good by itself. Way smaller than vim (build it by hand if you don't believe it). On the other hand, the Emacs version can be used outside of Emacs. This is what makes emacs hard. With small amount of coding, it can be used from Vim or TextMate. That is to say, maximizing freedom as a whole by restricting individual freedom a little bit. By focusing on extensibility from the very beginning, Emacs has done many things right (it's just an Elisp interpreter with some editor functions bundled in); in comparison, Vim is a dumb-text editor focusing on keybindings, with extensibility as an afterthought. At this point, we consider using the sacred sword of utilizing external program. Then figure out how to use them. It's called emacsclient; I'm currently using it to send links to org-mode from Firefox. You type Vim key combinations as you would type words in a language with a latin alphabet. There are many other functions from standard Emacs libraries depending on external programs. Which of course it is, but it’s also a massively. This was because non-free software could use gcc via CLI and "steal" the data from free software. I can guarantee you that Light Table will be built on top of the technologies that are freely available to us today. His projects have helped tune my emacs into a decently powerful python development vehicle. Yes, but I haven't seen any great Sublime extensions yet - there isn't even a good Git integration. Sorry, I meant to say "conventional wisdom". Compare a code-completion engine written for Emacs, with that written for Vim: auto-complete [1] is written completely in Elisp and utilizes Semantic as a source (mentioned in the article; also full Elisp), while a completion engine for Vim can be written in C++/ Python: Python is first-class, and it's a simple matter of invoking 'py import vim' [2] (it interfaces with the C++ code by simply importing the prebuilt ycm_core.so [3]). Given Steve Yegge's hilarious, insightful, and somewhat cheeky rants (after learning Java for a few months, "Kingdom of Nouns" [1] expressed my nascent thoughts exactly), I think he would qualify for "eccentric." well, emacs claims to be cross-platform, what happens when you are on a non-unix like system ? It's also good to know that he'd like that :). There are several common misconceptions voiced here “Better” Lisps have concurrency. >I love emacs to death, but the singlethreadedness is such a pain. I think it has severer matters than js2-mode. Try this task for an example: underline an arbitrary line of text with '=' characters. Hypothetically, if vim had an embedded form of Lua, it could satisfy the people who want a familiar scripting language and it wouldn't be dependent on whatever version of the language the system has installed. Key Action; RET: Visit the result, file or push button at point: o: Visit the result in another window: n and p: Move between results or buttons: N and P: Move between search … Emacs is an editor of a lifetime powerful enough to do any computational task. (Of course all this post is under a IMO-/rant-disclaimer, it can't … Let’s do one thought experiment. The only contributor to it occasionally shows up on #emacs, they revealed they've been busy programming for a living to improve browser JS engines and would need funding to do further Guile Emacs work (like, 10$ monthly from a few dozen people on Patreon or so) Is there some kind of online … Now I constantly compare Emacs to Pycharm... and it just doesn't compare. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_philosophy. [1]: https://github.com/auto-complete/auto-complete. > the wisdom that "Emacs is a good operating system, it just needs a decent text editor". This makes it hard for me to figure out if something was lost in translation or if the author is as ignorant as the translation makes him out to be. The biggest problem being Emacs isn't just a text editor. I don't believe that Emacs is dead at all. If this is what a dead project looks like, the living really ought to envy the dead. There is far too much investment in VimScript, however flawed it may be, to actually deprecate or remove it. Same with vim, if you add every fantastic and absolutely necessary tweak you read on the blogs, you get somethin much slower than eclipse in a week. Am I wrong? > My emacs at times can't keep up with my typing. I'm not sure about you, but the level of effort required to keep my emacs.d up to date and the level of effort required for each project has turned me away from emacs as my main development environment. Racket? [1] Project held by Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan to help young software developers. The only external process I notice myself ever waiting for is the movemail program distributed with Emacs -- and that never took more than around 10 seconds (and usually a lot less) even on early-1990-vintage computers like a 386. Vim only exposes a few hooks with the majority of the editor features implemented in its C core, while Emacs implements pretty much everything in Elisp, thus exposing pretty much everything to extensions. Emacs is famous for being very extensible and can be used as a web browser, newsreader, spreadsheet, etc. Also emacs isn't particularly inefficient on modern machines other then problems with the ui and single threading which I believe vim shares. To get to what I was saying earlier, if you were to design an editor able to easily integrate (for example) third party syntax highlighting and code completion plugins for arbitrary languages, it wouldn't look like GNU emacs. By default, if 'configure' does not find a suitable libgmp, it arranges for the included mini-gmp library to be built and used. Raymond: bzr is dying; Emacs needs to move Posted Jan 2, 2014 22:26 UTC (Thu) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) In reply to: Raymond: bzr is dying; Emacs needs to move by mdeslaur Parent article: Raymond: bzr is dying; Emacs needs to move. Python in Vim has slowly become the go-to choice to talk to an external program from Vim, I think I must have unwittingly toggled some option, because I haven't changed anything in … You're either new to it - which means you wouldn't be here unless it was your type of thing - or you know what you're looking for. This is why I have high hopes for Light Table [1], hopefully it will bear fruits as planned by its author. I’m a young developer, but I still use emacs with evil mode, I’ve used visual studio, atom, pycharm and visual studio code, even tried vim emacs extension for visual studio code, but it had a lot of bugs, now after a month or so of having low productivity with doom emacs, I can write, run and edit code a lot faster than before and I don’t regret one bit of learning those keybindings. We can't easily define a language, a parser for it, reference resolve rules, analyze code, navigate reference, provide completion, etc. I'm not giving it up any time soon. Ie. Actually, I think these philosophies are different. We've long sought after an extension language as good as emacs lisp and finally now have gotten the news that vim plans to eventually phase out vimscript in favor of Python. I think you misread the philosophy he talked about. As such, I believe it only fair that the core of Light Table be open sourced once it is launched. On some non-English systems running Linux, trying to type an accented character, for example with a tilde ( ~ ), will result in Emacs spitting out “ is undefined”. But even then you're stuck with using elisp as an extension language (though frankly vimscript isn't much better), and relative to other tools (perl, say) elisp kind of sucks as a tool integration language. It used to be much more of a hassle configuring … I'm wondering now that the creativity to come up with those things might actually be beneficial to coding. At this point in time, I would say it is more accurate to think that Emacs Lisp runtime intentionally has defect in order to maximize social values. Its documentation and syntax are both superior to git, and it's used by one of the major … gocode has support for a number of editors and there are instructions to make it work with editors which aren't supported out of the box. Emacs has been ported(I run it normally and haven't witnessed any issues) to GNU Guile. Altogether, I think restriction on Emacs Lisp is intentionally (well, maybe not) done to maximizing values of software based on the “Philosophy of Emacs” and I think this should be protected for eternity. The takeaway is that Elisp needs to learn to interface with other languages better. The example area contains a sample text with instruction on what final result should be like, and the user types in the bottom pane to create identical text in the example area, using any emacs commands to carry out the task. As they are tightly coupled with Eclipse, using them in platforms other than Eclipse is very hard. It is ridiculous to compare EmacsLisp to Haskel, Scheme and Common Lisp.-- unlocksmith What about Emacs Lisp 2? Finally, a web search for "gnu emacs" and a web search for "xemacs" turn up approximately equal number of pages - despite "xemacs" being boosted by the fact that there is no command called "gnu emacs", while there is a command called "xemacs". Specifically, both Emacs and the shell fork and exec other programs a lot; a significant fraction of those programs communicate with Emacs or the shell via a PTY or a Unix pipe. I never find myself waiting for this ls command. Emacs is Dead (translated from Japanese) This is an English translation of ” Emacsは死んだ ” by Tomohiro Matsuyama. :-). Techendo has a good emacs tutorial for anyone looking: Emacs, is obsolete but not for the reasons described in the article. What is the meaning of the world without the virtue or philosophy, but with only benefit? Sure, it shows that big progress bar in the middle of the screen, so you know it's not dead, but when you're used to it being almost instantaneous, coming back to XEmacs is a real shocker. You could choose "maximum extensibility" but actually it is not doable due to GPL. I build my emacs from trunk every ~1-3 months for No Good Reason (tm), and I scarcely ever have anything in my own configuration (init.el, custom.el, various random things I've installed in ~/.emacs.d) break. Even if js2-mode becomes an excellent software and it receives appreciation from Emacs users, if it is not used from Vim or TextMate or other software programs, I don’t think it has much social value. I would love an alternative to Emacs built on top of Scheme, with its awesome continuations support, or on top of Clojure. Using the Gui emacs. 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