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My Favorite Tool - Emacs

My favorite tool is Emacs.

Emacs provides an extensible and unified framework to access nice interfaces to several other tools. For instance, it allows you to:

  • Keep notes, maintain TODO lists, plan projects, edit and automatically export documents to many formats (Org-mode).

  • Conveniently edit Python source code and, at the same time, send code regions to a Python shell, permitting a piece-by-piece interactive programming (Python mode).

  • Make the GDB debugger a user-friendly and effective tool when programming in C++ (GUD mode).

  • Use Git through a beautiful interface (Magit).

  • Edit LaTeX files through sophisticated packages that synchronize the text buffer with a PDF viewer, pretty-print mathematical expressions directly in the text buffer, automatically handle references and much more (Auctex).

  • Access a handy but powerful LISP interpreter anytime from any text buffer.

– Francesco Montanari, Postdoctoral researcher, cosmology, Helsinki.


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