# Literate .emacs with org mode!

posted on 2016-01-03 17:56:00

For a while now, I'd been meaning to convert my .emacs to the exciting, new style using org mode's literate programming capabilities.

I'd been impressed by the clarity of Sacha Chua's and, while I haven't quite hit that level of cleanliness, yet, I feel much better about how mine looks, now. I also started using John Wiegley's use-package, which I don't completely understand, yet, but it seems to be a real boon for cleaning up loading and configuring packages.

Even setting up slime, which I use through the quicklisp setup, is easy to load:

(use-package slime      :load-path "~/quicklisp/slime-helper.el")

# Emacs for Writers and Notmuch

posted on 2015-11-29 17:03:00

Bored on a Sunday morning and ended up watching Emacs For Writers – a presentation by Jay Dixit, who I'm going to have to look into more, since he seemed like a cool person. It was about how he learned to use org mode to do the work that several word processing programs didn't quite do. He had a lot of fun customizations in his emacs and I might have to watch it again when I'm bored to work out somee other neat things to change. I think it might also finally be time to put my ~/.emacs.d into git so I can get at it on multiple computers and share the things I find at work/home with myself.

One of the things that flashed by in the video was notmuch, the emacs mail browser. Email is more of a pain in the butt than anything useful, these days, as family and friends use phones to contact me and work primarily uses a chat system, but what the hell, I thought, let's try doing email in emacs again (I'd previously tried gnus).

I primarily used the guide here, with some tweaks from here. Ended up modifying the latter a bit to gel with the GObject Introspection that might have come into existence after the wiki-page/python module were written. Works fine with it, though.

import gigi.require_version('GnomeKeyring', '1.0')import keyringdef get_password(account):    return keyring.get_password('offlineimap', account)

It turns out that setting up offlineimap is the bulk of the work and doesn't run automatically, so I basically would need to automate running it or check my mail manually in a two-step offlineimap -> notmuch workflow? I probably won't actually continue using it, but we'll see!

# Literate Programming with Emacs

posted on 2014-11-21 22:17:00

Tried out literate programming a bit today using some info from Sacha Chua's blog (mostly). It's actually pretty difficult to figure out how to make it work and what was strangest for me was that I can't figure out how to put a whole bunch of code blocks into the same file. It seems like you need to specify a :tangle filename for every block!
#+begin_src clojure :tangle "chapter1.clj"...#+end_src

What I was really hoping for was defining a new file at each section. John Zahng invited me to work on SICP in Clojure with him and I thought it was a particularly good case for trying out org-mode's literate programming functionality. After an hour or two of trying, though, I don't know how to make it do what I want. I can get it to dump all of the code into a file with the same name as my .org file, but that's it. I'm not really sure how I'd want to use this to write a large project of any kind.