Getting Started With Emacs

I have been using Emacs for a month (as of this post) and it would be a Hurculean task for any other editor to pull me away from it!

At the beginning of December 2016, I joined a new team at WalmartLabs writing Go to optimize the request/response lifecycle. I was having a conversation with one of my new teammates (Shane Hansen, who's an awesome go developer) about which editors we used.

I used Vim. He used Emacs.

I'd been using Vim for over 4 years religiously and that was the moment that I realized that he was the first emacs user I've ever met. It led me to ask, "why have I never given Emacs a try?"

That night I googled "Emacs" and started my journey down the rabbit hole and haven't come back out of it since...in fact, I've given up on considering other editors because Emacs is the best editor for me.

A Screenshot of My Emacs Editor

Why I'm using Emacs

I've tried a number of editors (Coda, Sublime, Atom, VSCode and clearly Vim) but have never been able to leave vim because I always felt so darn productive using it.

Even though I knew I'd be sacrificing my initial productivity, there were a few major reasons I was willing to try out Emacs:

and one minor reason...

If You're Considering Giving Emacs a Shot...

Here's some advice I'd like to give you if you're willing to try out Emacs:

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