General Meeting

Editor Wars: Emacs strikes back

David J. Young
Collective Technologies

Tuesday, July 27, 7:00-9:00 pm
College of DuPage Room SRC-1048


Any user familiar with UNIX has probably encountered and had to use the vi text editor. vi is ubiquitous, and has some powerful features. For simple text editing or to modify UNIX configuration files, vi is a nice, quick light-weight text editor. However serious programmers and administrators use Emacs as their editor and environment of choice.

This talk will give a basic history and overview of the Emacs text editor. You'll see that Emacs is more prevalent in the UNIX community than generally realized. We'll explore the reasons why programmers and power-users prefer Emacs as their editor of choice. The talk will end with a demonstration of GNU Emacs.

Speaker Bio

David J. Young has over 15 years experience as a systems management consultant and is currently a Principal Consultant with Collective Technologies.

David has used GNU Emacs for more than 8 years, and still discovers powerful capabilities built-in to the editor all of the time. He has performed many Emacs demonstrations, and usually convinces his audience that Emacs is definitely the "better ultimate editor".

This abstract created with Emacs (on Win95).

Getting to the meeting

The next meeting of UniForum Chicago will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, July 27, 1998 at the College of DuPage. The address of the meeting facility is:

        College of DuPage
        Building SRC, Rm 1048
        22nd and Lambert
        Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
Take 355 to Butterfield Rd (Rt 56). Butterfield West to Lambert Rd. Lambert Rd North to first right after College Road. Park in lots 7 or 8 and walk to SRC building. Room 1048 is on the first floor and is entered through the cafeteria.

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