2021-11 Emacs Meetup

There was a meeting of EmacsATX, the Austin Emacs meetup, last week. There was no set agenda.

I started off by mentioning that while I have not continued working through Rainer Konig’s Org tutorial, I was using Org a lot more. I am using it to keep track of tasks. I am converting a lot of text files into org files, since a lot of topics in the files appear and re-appear. I also mentioned that I had started using the Emacs Desktop to save sessions. A lot of people were not familiar with that term. I don’t know why Emacs calls the file that saves session information the “Desktop”. Perhaps that is a holdover from the PDP-11 days. I used to keep an instance of JEdit open, and I am slowly phasing that over to an instance that uses the desktop. I also made an alias with “鈥搉o-desktop” so other instances to not try to use the desktop file. Since a lot of email is happening on GMail and Outlook, and the Emacs browser is not the greatest, it might be hard to do everything in Emacs these days. But I am using it more and more.

I am also using Org to write this post.

Anyway, one guy ranted about MELPA. He might make a blog post about it. I know some people do not think that Emacs handles packages and dependencies very well, but from what I have read, it used to be worse than it is today.

A few people talked about using LSP, the Language Server Protocol with Emacs. It started with VSCode. I think the idea is to make it easier for an editor to work with different programming languages. I don’t know if this makes language modes unnecessary in Emacs.

There is nothing planned for the next meeting. I pointed out that since EmacsConf 2021 is between now and then, we could watch the videos on our own and talk about them. A few people seemed to like that idea. I have a task tree in an Org file to watch the videos from prior years. This was the first meeting in a few months in which Sacha Chua, the organizer of EmacsConf, was not present.

You’re welcome.

Image from a 10th century manuscript housed at the British Library; image assumed allowed under Public Domain.

Image from Poussay Gospels, a 10th century manuscript now housed in the Biblioth猫que Nationale de France, image from Biblissima Portal, assumed allowed under Public Domain. Luke鈥檚 symbol was an ox; it kind of looks like St Ignucius giving him Emacs.

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  1. Thanks for the recap! I miss being able to join. I’ve been busy taking care of the kiddo and working on captions for some of the prerecorded talks for EmacsConf. 馃榾 All sorts of good talks coming up!

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