October 11, 2010 | View Comments
I'm a programmer and I work with files everyday so just like every other developer I care about the editor I use and how it looks to increase my efficiency.
Configuring Emacs - Fullscreen Mode
I use emacs in fullscreen mode but unfortunately Cocoa Emacs 23 doesn't support fullscreen mode. However, I found out a Japanese guy (Daisuke Murase) has patched it and put it on github (ありがとう、 ダイスケ！)
Here are the instructions to build it;
git clone git://github.com/typester/emacs.git cd emacs ./configure --with-ns make bootstrap make install mv nextstep/Emacs.app /Applications
The next you should do is to bind a key for fullscreen mode in your .emacs file.
(global-set-key (kbd "BIND_A_KEY") 'ns-toggle-fullscreen)
Customizing The Emacs
If you don't want to see the welcome message every time you open emacs;
(setq inhibit-startup-message t)
To highlight the line which contain the cursor in every buffer;
I use indent space as 2 rather than 4;
(setq standard-indent 2)
Emacs uses both spaces and tabs to indent lines but I prefer only spaces.
(setq-default indent-tabs-mode nil)
To show line number and column number;
(line-number-mode 1) (column-number-mode 1)
I don't want Emacs to backup the files.
(setq make-backup-files nil)
To swap the windows;
(defun swap-windows () (interactive) (cond ((/= (count-windows ) 2) (message "you need 2 windows")) (t (let* ((w1 (first (window-list))) (w2 (second (window-list))) (b1 (window-buffer w1)) (b2 (window-buffer w2)) (s1 (window-start w1)) (s2 (window-start w2))) (set-window-buffer w1 b2) (set-window-buffer w2 b1) (set-window-start w1 s2) (set-window-start w2 s1)))) (other-window 1)) (global-set-key (kbd "C-c s") 'swap-windows)
I look at Emacs window every single day for long hours so it must look pretty to my eyes. For that, I use molokai theme for emacs.
(load "~/.emacs.d/plugins/color-theme-molokai.el") (color-theme-molokai)
And you need to choose a decent monospaced font. Inconsolata, Consolas, Monaco, Menlo are good choices whereas Courier, Courier New are not. Menlo has become Mac OS X's default monospace font since Snow Leopard.
I always prefer some transparency in my editor and console. Like, when I type pseudocode, say in Java, it's good to have transparency. 85% transparency level is enough for me.
(eval-when-compile (require 'cl)) (defun toggle-transparency () (interactive) (if (/= (cadr (find 'alpha (frame-parameters nil) :key #'car)) 100) (set-frame-parameter nil 'alpha '(100 100)) (set-frame-parameter nil 'alpha '(85 60)))) (global-set-key (kbd "C-c t") 'toggle-transparency)