[erlang-questions] "Erlang as a First Language" -- crazy? or just stupid?

Vasilij Savin vasilij.savin@REDACTED
Tue Dec 29 22:52:19 CET 2009

Just some thoughts from Emacs newbie. The main problem for me was that I had
to unlearn a lot of shortcuts I was used to take for granted (Ctrl
S/X/C/V/Q). There is no worse shock to start using new application that has
totally "non-conventional" shortcuts. This throws new converts totally

Still, I am willing to give Emacs another try.

Vasilij Savin

On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 11:40 PM, Robert Virding <rvirding@REDACTED> wrote:

> 2009/12/29 Brian Candler <B.Candler@REDACTED>
> > On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 12:22:45AM +0100, egarrulo wrote:
> > > I do agree wholeheartedly (that's why I cannot stand Eclipse). Let's
> just
> > > not forget we all started bicycling with training wheels, and crawled
> > before
> > > walking (again, that's why I've suggested Emacs as IDE).
> >
> > I agree with the training wheels analogy, except that starting with Emacs
> > would be like learning to fly a 747 before picking up the bicycle :-)
> >
> I can't agree here. The threshhold to start using emacs is very low, there
> is nothing which forces you to use more than the about 10 basic commands
> you
> need. The ceiling, however, is somewhere out in space. Sometimes I wonder
> if
> the problem beginners have with emacs is that the knowledge of the
> existence
> of all those other commands frightens them.
> Seriously I can't give an objective comment here as I have used emacs for
> almost 30 years and can't remember not knowing it. The key strokes sit in
> my
> fingers. :-)
> Robert

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