What Has Emacs Replaced Your Workflow

I always think of my Emacs configuration as a Japanese garden: it’s always underway but never reaches perfection. The other day, I saw this tweet:

and followed the link hoping to discover something else I could replace with Emacs.

It’s amazing how many applications people have replaced with Emacs but sadly the list of things people had replaced fell into two categories:

  1. Things I had already replaced;
  2. Things I hadn’t replaced because I don’t use them.

Still, I haven’t given up hope and will continue searching for things I can bring under the Emacs umbrella. After all, the point of a Japanese garden is that it is never finished.

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  • Prasanna Rajaram

    Why do you say this? "After all, the point of a Japanese garden is that it is never finished". Just curious how this saying would have come about

    • jcs

      Well, I'm not Japanese but my understanding of the concept is that the garden can never be done. The "perfect" end state represents something towards which the gardener strives but never achieves. It's the journey itself that's important. It's probably a metaphor for life.

  • Jon I wrote this to share with you that your Emacs might be perfect already because there are two aspects of Emacs: the workplace that it provides and what you end up doing there.

    • jcs

      Kitchens, gardens, next we'll be comparing it to burritos like the Haskel folks do. Actually, I think we agree. The basic shape of our configurations are probably pretty much set but there are always tweaks being applied to make it better.

  • briancaruso

    I use emacs as my task switcher. https://github.com/bdc34/helm-taskswitch