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Re: Making Emacs more friendly to newcomers

From: Po Lu
Subject: Re: Making Emacs more friendly to newcomers
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 12:33:50 +0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Yuan Fu <address@hidden> writes:

> I like the idea. If I open a Racket file in VSCode, it show a prompt
> that asks me if I want to search the “market place” for a racket
> plugin. If I click yes and click install, everything magically
> works. Now my racket buffer has completion, highlight, etc. For more
> popular languages like python, VSCode even auto detects for linters
> and python executables, etc. And with one click it finds (or
> downloads) linters and executables and sets them up for me. Maybe it
> is hard to make Emacs as pretty as VSCode (with all the fancy visual
> web tech); but making Emacs smarter and more helpful should be a
> tractable task. We already have Customize, all we need to do next is
> to add some smart helper functions that install packages and setup
> stuff.

I'd say Emacs can be made to look just as nice as VS Code with some
minor tweaks, and yeah it would be nice if Stefan's package (or
something similar) would be able to suggest Geiser upon opening a Scheme
(or Racket) file.

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