Some users really dig Emacs – and when you really sit down to do development work you want to move your hands off the keyboard as little as possible. Which is why this list compiled by Chris Farber for Atomic Object is a good primer for anyone looking to learn or currently learning Emacs for development work:
After spending a bit of time learning Emacs, I’ve found it has a widespread compatibility with a lot of the basic movement and editing commands. Spending a bit of time learning these commands can make you more effective in a variety of places, even if you don’t use Emacs as your preferred editor.
Useful Emacs Keybindings
The most basic bindings that I’ll cover here are shortcuts that let you move your cursor around and delete text. On macOS, it’s worth noting that the Option key is the Meta key. On Windows, this is usually the Alt key.
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