Emacs Online Resources and Communities 2011

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Emacs Online Resources and Communities 2011

Xah Lee, 2011-01-21

This pages gives you a summary of most useful online resources for emacs.

Official Documentation and Emacs Books

If you want a systematic approach, best are the official docs and commercial books. See: Emacs Lisp References.

Note that emacs has many commands to search the bundled doc. See: Tips on Long Term Emacs ProductivityHow to Eval Emacs Lisp Code, Search a Function, and Lookup Documentation.

What Does This Mode Do? is There a Mode for xyz?

emacswiki.org is a emacs wiki. Most useful info there are about hundreds of modes in the wild.

If you want to know what does a mode do, or if a mode exist for lang xyz, this is the best resource. For example, it would list several modes for twitter, templates..., where to download, how to install, and usually has tips about the good/bad/tips of each.

The info on the site is often chaotic and not well organized, but still it is a great resource. Emacswiki.org is started by Alex Schroeder.

Other Emacs Blogs

There are quite a few emacs blogs. They are useful for casual, periodic reading. Getting tips, latest news, trends. The most consistent and reader oriented known to me are:

I also run a emacs blog, you can subscribe at: Xah's Emacs Blog.

Blog Collections, Emacs News

http://www.reddit.com/r/emacs/ is reddit's emacs link collection.

http://planet.emacsen.org/ is a blog aggregate of about 80 emacs blogs. Usually random news, tips, code, in varying quality, and sometimes doesn't have that much to do with emacs.

Emacs Micro Blogs

There are several twitter micro blogs on emacs. None are updated regularly, sometimes weeks with no post.

Forums

If you have a emacs or elisp question, the best place is online forum. Here's the top few good ones.

stackoverflow.com emacs is pretty good. Probably should be your first stop.

gnu.emacs.help newsgroup is FSF's official emacs help forum. The forum is read by many emacs developers.

FSF's GNU Emacs Dev Mailing List @ http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/. This is the most hardcore. If you know elisp well and really have a hard question, this is the best place to get answers.

Emacs Resource For Chinese Readers

For those who reads chinese, there's a very popular chinese emacs blog/wiki @ emacser.com. It's based in China, mostly used by Chinese people there. The site has lots of info, tips, discussions, including links to major Chinese elisp hacker's sites.

Emacser is started by ahei.

(Thanks to fangzhzh for a correction.)

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