Gareth Waymark

My First Impressions Of Emacs

26 August, 21

Category: linux

I’ve been a Linux user now for over a year and the first text editor I used was Vim. It was a little tricky to use at first but it didn’t take long to get used to the commands.

I am certainly not a pro at using Vim by any stretch of the imagination but I can happily work my around a project. I kept on hearing about Emacs and how good it was etc. My efforts went into Vim and that is what I have become comfortable with although recently I have been starting to think about learning Emacs and seeing if it lives up to the hype. Last night I installed Emacs and today I spent the day trying to get my work done without using Vim.

This is my opinion of Emacs after just 8 hours of use; I’m not a fan, yet. I do think I will get to like it if I continue to put the effort in and learn all the key bindings. I don’t remember ever struggling to like Vim once I learnt the basic controls but I really like the sound of org mode and how the GNU GDB integrates into Emacs.