2010-12-03

what emacs/lisp tutorial you like to see?

Last poll results:

There's no emacs cookbook or elisp cookbook on the market. If i write a emacs book (published in printed form), are you likely to buy it?

  • Yes, if it's good. 41 (70%)
  • No, am not likely to spend money on emacs/elisp book. 14 (24%)
  • N/A. I don't use emacs... 3 (5%)
  • Total votes: 58

This week's poll:

For emacs tutorial, what would you like to see more?

  • 1. More howto about GNU Emacs's bundled features and modes.
  • 2. More tutorial about installing/use 3rd party modes and packages.
  • 3. More tutorial on elisp programing for text manipulation.
  • 4. More tutorial on writing modes (working with fonts, buffers, keys, menu, frames/windows, syntax highlight, shell IO...).

In the past i pretty much just wrote what i personally learned or need to do. I'm not sure so far which particular area i'm missing that people wish to see. In the above choices, basically the latter are more difficult, especially number 4.

  • «1. More howto about GNU Emacs's bundled features and modes.» This is pretty easy, for anyone who use emacs for years.
  • «2. More tutorial about installing/use 3rd party modes and packages.» This is not so difficult, but the question is which package people like to see? There are so many, and each 3rd party package's quality varies a lot. Some doesn't have any documentation.
  • «3. More tutorial on elisp programing for text manipulation.» This i've written a lot already, but mostly for processing html. Any thing you need?
  • «4. More tutorial on writing modes (working with fonts, buffers, keys, menu, frames/windows, syntax highlight, shell IO...).» This is not easy. I haven't wrote much about it. Of what i've written, such as basics of writing a major mode for language, i don't have a complete understanding, such as all the ways to use font-lock for syntax highlight or using overlay.

Result:

For emacs tutorial, what would you like to see more?

  • 6 (24%) More howto about GNU Emacs's bundled features and modes.
  • 3 (12%) More tutorial about installing/use 3rd party modes and packages.
  • 11 (44%) More tutorial on elisp programing for text manipulation.
  • 18 (72%) More tutorial on writing modes (working with fonts, buffers, keys, menu, frames/windows, syntax highlight, shell IO...).

Total Votes: 25