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Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide by Harley Hahn

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© Harley Hahn 2016

Harley Hahn, Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide, 10.1007/978-1-4842-1703-0_1

1. All About Emacs

Harley Hahn

(1)Santa Barbara, California, USA

1.1 Section 1.1: Getting Started Together

Emacs is a powerful, computer-based tool, created a long time ago by smart people for other smart people. At its core, Emacs is a "text editor ", a program you use to work with files that contain plain text. (We’ll talk more about this in Section 1.2.) However, the Emacs text editor is part of a larger, more complex working environment and, in fact, there are many people — especially programmers — who happily spend most of their day working within Emacs.

In this book, I will teach you the basics of using Emacs. Although I will not be able to explain everything ...

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