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Re: [Orgmode] I wrote code to reverse top-level entries order within reg

From: Nick Dokos
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] I wrote code to reverse top-level entries order within region
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 21:15:14 -0400

dericbytes <address@hidden> wrote:

> > I want to reverse the entries of my logs. So the newest is at the top. I 
> > know
> > there is the C-c ^ sort function, but I'm not sure if any are applicable. 
> > (Not
> > all of my entries are dated)
> Here's a link to the code I wrote to reverse top-level entries on region.
> http://dericbytes.blogspot.com/2009/04/emacs-orgmode-my-code-to-reverse.html
> NOTE: its my first attempt at elisp, any tips for improving future code 
> welcome.

I took a quick look and a few things jumped out:

o indentation - but maybe that's the result of publishing it on the web?
  If not, emacs knows a lot about that, so let it help!

o If you do C-h f beginning-of-buffer <RET>, it'll tell you:

  Don't use this command in Lisp programs!
  (goto-char (point-min)) is faster and avoids clobbering the mark."

o In fact, the last bit of the program

     ; delete old contents of buffer
    (let ((buffer-beg)
      (setq buffer-beg (point))
      (setq buffer-end (point))
      (kill-region buffer-beg buffer-end))

can be simplified to

    (kill-region (point-min) (point-max)

If you have not done so already, you should look at the the "Emacs Lisp
Intro" and, after you are familiar with that, at the Elisp manual: both
of them should be available through Info - in Emacs, just do C-h i, find
the right menu entry and press <RET>.  On my Ubuntu 8.04 system, they
show up like this:

   * Emacs Lisp Intro: (eintr).         A simple introduction to Emacs Lisp
   * Elisp: (elisp).                    The Emacs Lisp Reference Manual.


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