Emacs for the CEO Redux

A couple of years ago, I wrote about Josh Stella’s use of Emacs by a CEO. I’m always interested in how non-technical people use Emacs so I took note when Stella’s piece popped up again. I reread his post and mine and have to say that I didn’t really do justice to Stella’s post. It’s really excellent and you should give it a read if you haven’t already.

There’s an interesting discussion of the post on the Emacs reddit that’s also worth reading. Stella joined the conversation and said he would write a followup to his original post. I look forward to reading that and will, doubtless, write about it when it appears.

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  • The discussion on Hacker News was quite good as well.


    Maybe it's just me but it feels like evil mode and spacemacs has toned down the volume of VIM vs Emacs slagfests recently and we're getting a better overall quality of discussion. I don't use VIM much but it is certainly a powerful tool worthy of a Master.

    It's a bit like the old saying about cameras. What is the best camera you have? The one you have with you. Same goes for any kind of tool.

    I've never understood why anyone would go out of their way to belittle Emacs or VIM. Perhaps people are just worn out from all of the tribalism that has gripped so many countries in the last couple of years. It's so much easier to just get a long....

    • Phil

      I suspect it's more that when the silly editor wars were at their peak, vim and emacs were possibly the only serious contenders (or at minimum two of the most highly-regarded and popular contenders). Now that GUI IDEs are everywhere, and developers no longer gravitate by default towards vim or emacs, I think that vim and emacs users find themselves with a whole lot more in common than they used to. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, as they say :)