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Re: use-package.el -> Emacs core

From: João Távora
Subject: Re: use-package.el -> Emacs core
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:22:41 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5, (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (windows-nt)

David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:

> `setq' is syntactic sugar for `set' and `quote'.  `define-key' and
> `add-hook' are syntactic sugar for various forms of `set'.
> The whole point of not using primitives is not having to provide every
> part of some pattern by hand.

I don't think anyone is arguing against the usefulness of macros in
general, only skeptic macros that introduce a totally new mini-language
for a lot independent functionality, most of it already user-visible and
documented in the user manual. Such is the case of `use-package'

For fairness, such is also the case of the `define-minor-mode' macro,
which is invaluable, but that is for package developers, not users, and
that makes a difference in my opinion.


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