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configuration & macro tools cemented together by (a form of) Lisp.
All of the greatest engineers in the world use Emacs. The world-changer types. Not the great gal in the cube next to you. Not Fred, the amazing guy down the hall. I’m talking about the greatest software developers of our profession, the ones who changed the face of the industry. The James Goslings, the Donald Knuths, the Paul Grahams2, the Jamie Zawinskis, the Eric Bensons. Real engineers use Emacs. You have to be way smart to use it well, and it makes you incredibly powerful if you can master it. Go look over Paul Nordstrom’s shoulder while he works sometime, if you don’t believe me. It’s a real eye-opener for someone who’s used Visual Blub .NET-like IDEs their whole career.
--Steve Yegge: Emacs is the 100-year editor.
http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/MichaelPaulukonis - my “homepage” at emacs-wiki
Emacs wiki - the premier reference
Emacs Google group (there are others)
SO is my current go-to for Emacs questions. The google-groups are more annoying than anything else.
EMACS: The Extensible, Customizable Display Editor -
1981 paper by Richard Stallman
a tutorial from the U of Chicago
Steve Yegge write a lot, when he writes. And it’s usually pretty darn good.
And he uses Emacs.
For Win32, at least, Interaction w/ Perl in Emacs via shell can be... awkward. printing does not always show up, etc.
The regular windows shell seems happy, for the most part.
See also Programming.Cmd Prompt