The idea of the “30 Days” series is that I take 30 days to try out some piece of tech that I’ve not touched before. There isn’t any commitment to continue using it after the period but who knows. To start off things I decided to give emacs a swing. Like many people I started out using Vim because of it’s ubuiquitous presence. I won’t claim that I became an expert with it but I did learn a bit of keyboard fu. However, I was always fascinated with the feature rich environment of emacs. This is why I decided to give it a go. I could of course lower the barrier to entry by giving EviL mode a go but I fear that after the 30 days I’d just know how to use Vim inside of emacs and not emacs itself. So I’m going vanilla, mostly. I’ll be installing some packages to help me adapt a little quicker. For example I’ll have powerline, helm, and a few other odds and ends installed. Let me outline the rules.

For the next 30 days I will adhere, as much as reasonably possible, to the following guidelines.

  1. Work is exempt from this challenge until I feel it won’t impede work productivity.
  2. All other instances of editing text are up for grabs.
  3. Not required to use emacs for All the things! (e.g. I don’t need to use it to check my e-mail)
  4. Weekly updates about the progress, concerns, and most important victories.

At the end of thirty days I’ll evaluate things and decide if I will continue to use said tech. Then, I’ll pick another and continue the process.