GNU Emacs was on my To-Do list since long time; I considered it to be tough and only for geeks.
I never used it except for the Emacs psychiatrist. (I am bad; considering the fact that I’ve been in open source for 3+yrs now, and did not use this editor.)
Today I quickly read through 10% of the Emacs tutorial, and here are my learnings..
Some reference before further reading.
C – Control key
M – Meta or Alt key
C-x-c = exit emacs. ( 😛 Is this the first thing to learn?)
C-v or Pg-Dn = View next page
Esc-v or M-v or Pg-Up = View previous page
C-l = Center the screen/page to the current line (In C-l, l = lower case L)
C-p or uparrowkey= move one line up
C-n or downarrowkey = move one line down
C-b or leftarrowkey = move to previous character
C-f or rightarrowkey = move to next character
M-f = move to the next word
M-b = move to the previous word
C-a or Home = move cursor/point to the beginning of current line
C-e or End = move cursor/point to the end of current line
M-a = move cursor/point to the beginning of current and previous sentences.
M-e = move cursor/point to the end of current and next sentences.
M-< = Beginning of the whole text
M-> = End of the whole text
Hmm.. not bad at all. Infact the cursor control makes more sense than in Vim-editor.
If you are among those who want to try Emacs, I suggest you jump to it rather than hanging it on a To-do list.
May be I’ll move from Vi to Emacs very soon. 🙂