I wanted to start the New Year (2018) by organizing an Emacs meetup session in the APAC time zone. Since there are a number of users in different cities, I thought a virtual session will be ideal. An online Google Hangout session was scheduled for Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1000 IST.
Although I announced the same only on Twitter and IRC (#emacs on irc.freenode.net), we had a number of Emacsers join the session. The chat log with the useful web links that were shared are provided below for reference.
We started our discussion on organizing Org files and maintaining TODO lists.
9:45 AM Suraj Ghimire: it is clear and loud :) video quality is good too yes. is there any session today on hangouts ? wow thats nice thanks you for introducing me to emacs :). I am happy emacs user should we add bhavin and vharsh for more testing oh you already shared :) 9:55 AM Suraj Ghimire: working on some of my todos https://i.imgur.com/GBylmeQ.png
For few Vim users who wanted to try Emacs Org mode, it was suggested to get started with Spacemacs. Other project management and IRC tools with Emacs were also shared:
HARSH VARDHAN can now join this call. HARSH VARDHAN joined group chat. Google Apps can now join this call. Google Apps joined group chat. 10:05 AM Shakthi Kannan: http://spacemacs.org/ https://github.com/ianxm/emacs-scrum https://github.com/ianxm/emacs-scrum/blob/master/example-report.txt https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/CategoryWebBrowser ERC for IRC chat https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/InternetRelayChat 10:13 AM Shakthi Kannan: https://github.com/skeeto/elfeed https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/EmacsMailingLists 10:18 AM Suraj Ghimire: I started using emacs after your session on emacs, before that i used to get scared due to lot of shortcuts. I will work on improvements you told me. 10:19 AM Shakthi Kannan: M - Alt, C - Control http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Emacs-Beginner-HOWTO-3.html Google Apps left group chat. Google Apps joined group chat. Sacha Chua can now join this call. Sacha Chua joined group chat.
We then discussed on key bindings, available modes, and reading material to learn and master Emacs:
10:27 AM Shakthi Kannan: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596006488.do 10:31 AM Shakthi Kannan: https://www.masteringemacs.org/ http://shakthimaan.com/tags/emacs.html http://shakthimaan.com/posts/2016/04/04/introduction-to-gnu-emacs/news.html Dhavan Vaidya can now join this call. Dhavan Vaidya joined group chat. Sacha Chua left group chat. 10:42 AM Shakthi Kannan: https://www.finseth.com/craft/ http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9781565922617.do Rajesh Deo can now join this call. Rajesh Deo joined group chat.
Users also wanted to know of language modes for Erlang:
10:52 AM Shakthi Kannan: http://www.lambdacat.com/post-modern-emacs-setup-for-erlang/ HARSH VARDHAN left group chat. Aaron Hall can now join this call. 10:54 AM Shakthi Kannan: https://github.com/elixir-editors/emacs-elixir
Aaron Hall joined the channel and had few interesting questions. After an hour, we ended the call.
A screenshot of the Google Hangout session is shown below:
We can try a different online platform for the next meetup (Monday, February, 19, 2018). I would like to have the meetup on the third Monday of every month. Special thanks to Sacha Chua for her valuable inputs in organizing the online meetup session.