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timestamp: Fri Dec 5 22:06:52 2008
title: in which is revealed a rather ambitious undertaking
tags: "emacs projects"
id: 119
content: |-
<p>I've recently been trying to take advantage of
the <a href='/115'>recent upswing in interest in Emacs</a> by
working on things to help folks get started easily. I'm proud to
announce that I'm working with the illustrious Geoffrey Grosenbach
on a <a href='http://peepcode.com'>Peepcode screencast</a> about
learning Emacs and Lisp. Peepcode is well-known especially in the
Ruby community for producing high-quality, hour-long, informative
commercial screencasts. I'm doing the writing and coding for it, and
Geoff will bring his trademark charm with voiceovers and slick
recording.</p>
<img src='/i/emacs.png' alt='emacs logo' align='right' />
<p>Geoff makes it look easy, but creating a professional screencast
is actually tons of work. I'm nearly half-way through writing the
outline, but the outline is only the beginning. I know a lot of
people are looking forward to this, so I'm eager to get something
out there soon.</p>
<p>While you're waiting on me, you can take a look at my new
project called
the <a href='http://github.com/technomancy/emacs-starter-kit/'>Emacs
Starter Kit</a>. It's designed to be a companion to the
Peepcode&mdash;a set of dotfiles extracted from
my <a href='http://github.com/technomancy/dotfiles/commits/master/.emacs.d'>years
of obsessive Emacs tweaking</a>. It acts as a base config from
which new users can get going with minimal fuss. You
won't <i>learn</i> Emacs from it, but it will help you get started
out as it provides saner defaults and bundles a lot of really
useful functionality.</p>
<p>I've been using it as my main config for quite some time now, so
it's got all the libraries I need. If you're interested in trying
out with Emacs but don't know where to start, give this a shot. If
you're an old hand but are curious to pick up some new tricks, try
out the starter kit and let me know if it's missing some must-have
functionality that you're used to.</p>
<p><b>Update</b>:
Geoff <a href='http://nubyonrails.com/articles/emacs-emacs'>posted
a short screencast</a> on getting around Emacs and his first
impressions. It should serve as a nice teaser.</p>
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