October 5, 2016

Classic Emacs Editor Gets a New-School Makeover

Longtime users of the venerable Emacs editor can now use it with a sleek new skin that emphasizes consistency and ergonomics.

A new distribution of the Emacs editor, called Spacemacs, repackages the classic developer's tool in a new skin for greater usefulness to a new generation of programmers.

Emacs is one of the oldest text editors in existence. Its most popular variant (now 31 years old) is GNU Emacs, originally developed by Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman. The editor's enduring popularity comes from its extensibility and programmability courtesy of the built-in Emacs Lisp scripting language -- and from the culture of tooling that's sprung up as a result. Extensions for Emacs (and, thus, Spacemacs) provide everything from integration with GitHub to Slack chat windows.

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