A week with Emacs

EmacsI have been toying around with the idea of using Emacs for a few months now. Emacs isn’t exactly a stranger to me, as I’ve been using it on and off for years, but I’ve never really tried to fully know it properly. However, recently I have been in front of the computer so long I feel like my hands are going to fall off! Which is why I’ve decided to try to move away from this point and click mouse nonsense towards a more streamline keyboard only work environment.

So I have decided to give Emacs a go for a full week as my single development editor. Previously I’ve been using Eclipse PDT – which became so slow – and Netbeans – which I like a lot, but it is still point and click. One of my inspirations for this was a blog post by Bradley Wright. Poor Bradley’s experience must have been so horrifying that he hasn’t posted a follow up for his weeks usage, and this is from several months ago. Brad, if you can hear me, please let me know how it went, I am dying to know! But until then, I am going to try it out for myself.

Wish me luck, and if you have any tips for PHP development within Emacs, please drop a comment below and help me along.

See you in a week.

Update: My week is up – read how I did.