The Way Is The Goal

Author: robino (page 2 of 32)

Travel Season

Wintertime in Holland, and hence the best moment to check out life in Mexico. Beach-life in the Caribean was our first stop, and now we enjoy family time in a desert city in the land of Dinosaurs. Things are good. Not always as easy but a lot better than last time. So far.

We are happy to be back and explore more of the country. Good thing is that it’s a lot familiar to me now, I am able to communicate a lot better with people and I definitely feel more at ease. So much so that I even missed being here. The food, the climate, the people.

It has gotten better since last time, especially with the small differences such as having a bicycle and being able to ride to places. As a family we are also much more experienced. And now that Novi is older (he hit the 3 years some months ago), we feel better capable traveling.

Finding The Right Editor For Me

Writing in Emacs – Finding The Right Editor For Me.

Why would I write in Emacs? I tried Vi and liked it but it doesn’t suit me as well for the purpose of just writing. I find it difficult that in order to navigate the text I have to leave the input or text mode. After having used Vi multiple times I still haven’t gotten the hang of it. It’s just not friendly enough to me.

So at the same time this is also a good oportunity to see what else is there for me (except nano, haha). I guess Emacs is more to my liking. Although it also comes with disadvantages, it is less hard to just start with it. Vi is great but I guess not for me (at this point at least). Emacs gives me a better touch and feel. Besides it’s also slightly more intuitive to the way I use my machine.

Though, I am just at the start of this. I still don’t even know how to use search. Learning the vi keybindings is a great benefit though, as you learn how you can navigate with one hand only. And you don’t have to use the ctrl-button so much as in Emacs. Which is a great benefit (think emacs pinky). But that benefit comes with a cost: the need to leave the text input mode in order to navigate.

So why wouldn’t I use a GUI-like editor, such as Gedit for example – which is a great application and also has syntax highlighting. That’s simply because I don’t want to leave the command-line. I’d like to hang in there as much as I can, simply because once you get it, it’s more fun and efficient than having so many windows open.

As with everything, I will be learning as I go. There is good things about both editors and it’s just about using either of them to see which will stick with me. I also should be following up more on the vimtutorial more than what I’ve done so far to find out which one really is better for me.

Writing in Markdown

It’s just crazy; for so long I have been editing WordPress posts in silly html and only now I discover there is also a great Markdown plugin. Markdown gives a really easy method to control the output of your text. It really is very easy.

The first time I encountered a type of markdown is when I started editing Wikipedia articles in 2001. The Wikimedia syntax is also fairly easy and a lot easier and cleaner to edit text with then plain html. Markdown is a different syntax that came around some years later and is even easier.

I started writing in Markdown when I discovered Jekyll, a static site generator. After that I was missing it badly in a WordPress environment. But now, together with the ability to add and edit posts through the command-line, I can finally do away with the admin interface of WordPress and I can easily ignore my browsers. Yeah!

Update: After saving this post, I notice that wp-cli is not saving it as markdown, maybe that’s a bug? Need to investigate. Also the markdown syntax for linking doesn’t work as expected.

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