What is Emacs?
GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
Emacs is a tool in the Text Editor category of a tech stack.
Who uses Emacs?
128 companies reportedly use Emacs in their tech stacks, including Stack, Accenture, and Bukalapak.
972 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Emacs.
TSLint, Spacemacs, Kite, WakaTime, and Pylint are some of the popular tools that integrate with Emacs. Here's a list of all 15 tools that integrate with Emacs.
Pros of Emacs
Vast array of extensions
Have all you can imagine
Everything i need in one place
Your config works on any platform
Perfect for monsters
Low memory consumption
All life inside one program
Extendable, portable, fast - all at your fingertips
Extensible in Lisp
Runs everywhere important
Enables extremely rapid keyboard-only navigation
Widely-used keybindings (e.g. by bash)
May be old but always reliable
Powerful multilanguage IDE
- Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.
- Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
- Full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts.
- Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical interface.
- A large number of extensions that add other functionality, including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar, and more. Many of these extensions are distributed with GNU Emacs others are available separately.
Emacs Alternatives & Comparisons
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Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.
Since version 0.101.0 and later Spacemacs totally abolishes the frontiers between Vim and Emacs. The user can now choose his/her preferred editing style and enjoy all the Spacemacs features. Even better, it is possible to dynamically switch between the two styles seamlessly which makes it possible for programmers with different styles to do seat pair programming using the same editor.
Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.