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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565924967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565924963
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debra Cameron is president of Cameron Consulting. In addition to her love for Emacs, Deb researches and writes about emerging technologies and their applications. Her latest book, Optical Networking: A Wiley Tech Brief, published in 2002 by John Wiley & Sons, covers the practical applications of optical networking and was written in the hope that true broadband will be more widely deployed. Deb also edits OReilly titles, including DNS and Bind, DNS on Windows 2000, TCP/IP Network Administration, HTML and XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Java Security, Java Swing, Learning Java, and Java Performance Tuning. She has presented numerous videos for WatchIT.com, covering security and networking as well as e-business topics. She has moderated roundtables on PlanetIT on advanced networking and intranet design. Deb resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her husband Jim and their three children, Meg, David, and Bethany.


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This book is a reference and a reference only.
Amazon Customer
It is not organized in a way that makes it easy to look things up.
Kevin D. Peterson
Once you have the basics down you won't really need this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Stedman on March 21, 2000
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If you are new to Emacs, the I would recommend this book to you. It gives you all of the key commands that you need right at your fingertips.
If you new to learn Emacs, get a full featured book, but also get this one. You will probably find yourself referencing this book quite often until you remember all of the common keystrokes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David M. Brown on December 12, 1999
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It's pretty tough to beat this pocket reference to emacs. It makes looking up both common options and less common commands and modes simple and quick. If you're an emacs user, this book is a must have -it's easier than apropos and quicker than C-h ?.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2002
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This is not a book to teach you how to use Emacs as some other reviewers think. This book is a reference and a reference only. It gives you a listing of common emacs commands. If you won't be going into the nitty gritty details of Emacs, use this. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and get Learning Emacs. This books is good at accomplishing its purpose...a secondary reference for Learning Emacs.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Peterson on March 25, 2001
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I've tried to used this to look stuff up while learning Emacs, and it is not useful to me. I have two main objections: 1. It is not organized in a way that makes it easy to look things up. There have been times when I knew the information was in the book (since I had seen it before), but had to just flip through every page to actually find it. 2. It's very incomplete. I cannot find a command in this book that takes me to a given line in a file. I suspect the book fails because he tries to cover everything. I do not expect a pocket reference to cover some nonstandard HTML mode, or how to use Emacs as my mail reader. I want a reference on how to use it to edit text and code. I probably won't open this book again; I'll just bookmark the online manual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Lockfort on February 23, 2006
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It is what is it is; It's a pocket guide. It's not exceptionally informative, but it provides baseline guidance for some of Emacs' many features.

If you're already a user of emacs, chances are you'll get a little something out of this book that you didn't know existed before (I'm using Emacs diary and calendar now...) but it's mostly good to throw at subusers while yelling at them to RTFM because they're always complaining to you that they don't know how to use Emacs...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By András Török de Szendrö on January 20, 2012
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This book appears to be nice and indeed is, but it's too basic even for beginners. If you're a beginner, it won't do you any good because it's too simple yet to understand what it is about. If you're an advanced user, it's again too basic and lacks a lot of important references that should have been included (regexps, table commands, squeleton text commands, etc.). Take my advice: if you need a reference, buy the complete reference book from GNU Press which in return, has a pocket reference card attached to it (which BTW, you can also download for free...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2000
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Great book for beginners and those of us who haven't used emacs in awhile and need a little reminder here 'n there. There are many more extensive books on emacs, but this is great for a handy reference without the bulk of a comprehensive book.
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