Teach Yourself Emacs in 24 Hours

The authors seem to know Emacs well, and they have done a good job of selecting the features to present to new users.


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The text of this book is avai

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The text of this book is available at http://www.emacs.uniyar.ac.ru/doc/em24h/index.htm

Teach Yourself Emacs in 24 Hours

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I bought this book and while I have to say it is very helpful I found some of the topics to be confusing or incomplete. For example in the part about setting up emacs for MS Windows there is a discussion of various places to put the equivalent of a unix "home" directory, but missing are the "magic" instructions to make NTEmacs actually look in any directory except c:\ for it's startup files.

Also there is a great reliance on having installed the lisp files on the CD to get even the most simple customisation (e.g. changing the font permanently in NTEmacs). This is OK if you still have a working copy of the CD, but the site listed in the book and both of the sites listed in Ralph Krause's review are long dead, so you can't get a copy of the lisp needed files, even though they are GPLed.

Worse some of the instructions don't actually work, including the very first lisp example in the book (how to detect different versions of Emacs)!

In short this book is a sterling effort by the author, but a shitful effort from the editor and publisher, who seem to have abandoned this title, if not this mortal realm, long ago.