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Re: [h-e-w] Re: help-emacs-windows Digest, Vol 68, Issue 7

From: Steve Grout
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] Re: help-emacs-windows Digest, Vol 68, Issue 7
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 16:59:59 -0400
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OK, you got me.  Thats a great history documenting Emacs!

(This may bore you but) I do indeed remember the TECO work, and
remember trying to get it for use but was not successful.  From
1969 to 1976, I was at Honeywell(formerly GE) Large Systems
in Phoenix working on CAD for their design groups and was
constantly editing both large datasets and software codes
using line editors and macros.  On a typical day I read/edited
10K-100K+ lines. We were also developing schematic screen
editors before the hardware was really there for that, and
so I was always on the lookout for an editor to use directly
on the data and software. For awhile in the late 70's I was
on microprocessor-based hardware with a weak 'terminal'
and editing capabilitys, so my 'excuse' is I wasn't on
DEC/Burroughs/etc hardware until ~1980, started running
across the key work/articles mentioned in your nice emacs history...
and finally pulling in and loading emacs versions locally.

When I am not able to use emacs directly on my XP, I
have emacs key bindings for Word (wordperfect before that),
though am still putting that together for Publisher.

You may wish to add to the Emacs history that, when during
the mid-80's, LISP began to be used for a wide number of
serious large applications, my direct observation was it
was much more that the (good) coders were already using Emacs and
its emacsLISP, than that LISP hardware was available.  As
LISP hardware slipped away, emacs continued to be used
as codes/software-archictecture evolved/migrated to C++ and Java.

So my apologies. I am very greatful for both the History
lesson...and all the work on emacs that had gone on before
I personally ran into it and it became my primary editor.
--Steve Grout
Lennart Borgman wrote:

On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:06 PM, Steve Grout <address@hidden> wrote:
Hey folks - There was no emacs before about 1980 when 'RMS'
(Richard Stallman) first put the code together at MIT.
Help me with this if I'm wrong. I had been looking for a WYSIWYG screen
editor since starting to work on electronics circuit analysis
codes in 1965. Before running into emacs, I was using 'NED'
I think.
--Steve Grout -
 DAD & Verification Consultant
 (i.e., I'm on SSA but still looking for work! :-)
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Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:14:18 -0700
From: Sarir Khamsi <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] Clipping for Today
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address@hidden writes:

My maternal grandmother gave me a NYT clipping in 1978, and it is
still on my wall. It is appropriate for today:

  "Cora didn't merely board -- she made an entrance. She
  paid her fare, even the coins tinkled gaily. Then the
  startled passengers began to call out, 'Is that you, Cora
  -- really you?' The driver pulled the bus to the curb,
  stopped and faced her, 'What's "hoppen", Cora?'
    "'Nothing is "hoppen"', she said, as though proclaiming
  an amnesty. "'Today I started using Emacs.'"
Another happy Emacs user. :-)


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