Monthly Meetup—How Can We Lure More Folks to Emacs?
41 Winter St., 6th floor
Boston, MA 02108
Harry Schwartz will be discussing how we might tempt users of other editors to the One True Way:
The out-of-the-box Emacs experience isn’t great for new users. There’s no syntax highlighting, they have to type “yes” to confirm actions, and their repos are suddenly littered with files ending with “
There are some great projects to make Emacs more approachable. Prelude provides a terrific selection of preconfigured packages, and Spacemacs offers a great onramp for users coming from Vim. I’m not crazy about those, though; I kinda feel like they “magically” do too much, and that they might not encourage exploration and modification in the same way that Emacs generally does.
I recently created sensible-defaults.el as an alternative. It’s a minimal set of configuration changes and keybindings: just enough to knock off some of the unnecessarily sharp edges. A user can use as much or as little of it as they’d like, and it’s amenable to tweaking and customization.
The Key-signing Party
In addition to the talk, we’ll also be having our First Annual Holiday Key-signing Party! Bring along a PGP key and a photo ID if you’d like to participate. If you’d like to get started with PGP, try reading PGP and You and creating a key before the event. We’ll help you out with the signing and whatnot.
Free food and drinks are courtesy of thoughtbot.