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An Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp by Robert J. Chassell

By Robert J. Chassell

Emacs Lisp is an easy, entire, and robust programming language. it's the construction block of GNU Emacs, that is an built-in improvement setting with unique positive factors for scanning and parsing textual content in addition to for dealing with a number of documents and sub-processors.

This publication will exhibit you: * find out how to set variables and write functionality definitions * how you can use "if" and "let" * the right way to write "while" loops and recursive loops * the best way to look for a notice or expression * the best way to customise GNU Emacs for your self, even if it's shared on a community. * the right way to debug courses * and lots more and plenty extra.

This educational an basic advent to educate non-programmers how you can customise their paintings surroundings; it may possibly even be used as an advent to programming fundamentals. It comprises quite a few workouts and pattern courses; the writer additionally walks you thru the particular resource code of a number of GNU Emacs instructions. A convenient reference appendix is incorporated.

This moment variation covers new good points integrated in GNU Emacs model 21, whereas last suitable with past models.

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