[ESS] Emacs/ESS better than Notepad++ because...

Richard M. Heiberger rmh at temple.edu
Mon Jul 1 18:42:46 CEST 2013

ediff is worth the price of admission to emacs.

ediff gives highlighted differences between two (or three) files.
For example, yesterday's version of the file (myfile.r~) and today's
version (myfile.r).
I will often do this to remind myself what changes I made today.

On 7/1/13, Paul Johnson <pauljohn32 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Here's how you can help me today. Add an item on my list below.
> I'm in a hostile audience of Windows programmers who cling to
> Notepad++/NPPTOR.  For my lecture "Emacs has no learning curve" (
> http://pj.freefaculty.org/guides/Rcourse/emacs-ess/emacs-ess.pdf) I want to
> update with some explicit examples of things I can do with Emacs/ESS that
> they can't do with Notepad++.
> So please add on to this list.
> "Emacs can do this, Notepad++ cannot."
> 1. Run R help page examples by hitting the letter "l".  Open the help pages
> in Emacs, NOT in the web browser. Scroll to the example, and run line by
> line by striking the "l" key.
> No matter how basic, please contribute. There are many things about Emacs
> with ESS that experts use that the rest of us never realize.
> My second favorite is "C-x C-e d" to edit the code of a loaded function.
> But I know many of you are uncomfortable with that one, so I won't push
> it..
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