Summary: Remove my story since I no longer use emacs
< *My e-mail address: <code>email@example.com</code>
< * My personal web page: http://kapcoweb.com/p/
< * I use Emacs 184.108.40.206 (Gtk+ frontend)
< I eventually contribute to the [http://www.emacswiki.org/cgi-bin/emacs-es.pl Spanish version] of this MultilingualWiki.
< == My story with Emacs ==
< I use Emacs now, and am very happy with it, but it wasn't always like this. That's right, I made the switch from another well-known editor, which will remain unmentioned here partly because I may offend sensible spirits, and because I'm pretty sure you already know what that editor is. (I still have nightmares from time to time, and sometimes I wake up screaming nonsense such as :wq!!! ...)
< Well, in those days, I thought my editor was the greatest thing ever made and I worked very hard trying to master it, so I could code as fast and efficiently as possible. I thought there was nothing I could not do with my editor, so I guess I never really had the need to try another thing... so you see, I wasn't using Emacs due to my ignorance. Sad but true.
< But then, one day, as I was browsing around the 'net, for some reason I ended up visiting the personal web page of someone who is a developer for the Linux kernel. He uses a Dvorak keyboard, you know, and he has nothing but good things to say about it on his own web site. I had already heard about the Dvorak layout back then but I never paid too much attention to it, until that particular moment. I didn't suffer from RSI nor anything like that. It was something in the words of that humble Linux developer that really moved me, I don't know, maybe it was the idea that I could be more <i>efficient</i> with a Dvorak keyboard (as a programmer, there are few things I find more delightful than being efficient).
< Anyway, before I knew what I was getting into, I found myself manually removing those pesky plastic caps from my keyboard and reattaching them in places I found most appropriate for them after reading lots of documents about the Dvorak layout and non-English keyboards (I'm a Spanish native speaker, you see). I came up with a custom layout that I thought was the most productive one for me. After that, I spent quite some time hacking several config files so I could use my new layout under the X-Window-System as well as in the different terminals. I succeeded, eventually, and my next step was to get familiar with the layout. It took me about 2 or 3 weeks to type as fast as I used to do with my old qwerty layout.
< But, as you may have already guessed, in the process I realized I had a huge problem with my old editor. A lot of commands for that editor depend or are highly influenced by the qwerty layout. I wasn't able to move around a document efficiently anymore!... I searched in the net for a solution but I found nothing but dirty hacks that try only to hide the real problem: the way my old editor works is fundamentally brain-damaged. Why would anyone make a piece of software dependant on the way your keyboard (or any other device, for that matter) is made? Of course a lot of people might disagree with me, but I guess it's just the way I am--One day a friend of mine told me a joke that goes something like
< - How do you know cars have never been designed by a Unix developer?
< - Because no one has ever built a car with traces on the front to make it compatible with animal traction.
< After a moment, I admit I replied "yeah, funny, but hey! it's not a very bad idea..".
< Back to my story, I finally decided to make the switch. Being a huge Free Software enthusiast, Emacs was naturally the first choice that came to mind. So I eventually installed Emacs, and my life has been so much brighter since that day.
< The keyboard shortcuts were not a problem at all. Everything inside this pretty Emacs interface make so much sense! And after my first contact with <code>C-h t</code>, my path was pretty much set. Now I feel like part of the cult, there's no other way to put it. Different powerful edition modes, programmable capabilities using a native Lisp dialect!! man, how was I able to live without these things before?!
< Thanks to all the people who make this site a great place for people who is converting to the One True Editor.
> I used to contribute to the [http://www.emacswiki.org/cgi-bin/emacs-es.pl Spanish version] of this MultilingualWiki.
> I no longer use Emacs.
I no longer use Emacs.
Welcome to the wiki, Leonardo. Curious about your thoughts/experiences with viper. I have been toying with the thoughts of trying it out (in a big way) some day (though i have almost never used vi before)…. – DeepakGoel
Thanks for all the Spanish pages! – AlexSchroeder