Learning Resources



  • Learning GNU Emacs, 2nd Edition by Debra Cameron, Bill Rosenblatt, Eric S. Raymond

Much better than the current, 3rd edition. The first half of the book walks you through the fundamental steps, as a tutorial.

Can be obtained from O'Reilly http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9781565921528.do

  • Casting Spells in Lisp (Emacs Lisp version) by Conrad Barski M.D.

Written originally to teach some other flavor of Lisp, the book has been modified for Emacs Lisp. The presentation is in a form between a comic book and a manual that educates while you have fun. The best of both worlds.

It can be read online here.






There are many Twitter accounts dedicated to sharing news and tips about Emacs. One can benefit a lot by following them:

Useful Extensions

Before you install a lot of extensions, explore your Emacs distribution! Try [C-h p] (M-x find-emacs-packages) to browse the available packages by category.

Configuring Emacs

  • This blog post is a great introduction to setting up your init.el (formerly .emacs) and your emacs directory the "professional way"!
  • Avdi Grimm's series of blog posts on how to organise Emacs configuration files.