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Re: [Emacspeak] Tips and tricks for learning a new codebase?

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  • From: Parham Doustdar <parham90 AT>
  • To: Robert Melton <lists AT>
  • Cc: Emacspeaks <emacspeak AT>
  • Subject: Re: [Emacspeak] Tips and tricks for learning a new codebase?
  • Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2024 19:04:37 +0100

It is definitely a pit! However, the info table of contents is very well laid
out. What I usually do when I don't want to go too deep into the pit and am
curious if what I want is in there is to go to the main directory using C-h i
d, and then press m, type org, and press return. That gets me to the top org
page, and then I just press m, and browse the options with the arrow keys.
Usually, just looking at the main level menu gives me ideas oh which path to
choose, then I press return on that, press m again, etc.
Hope this helps you chart a path through the pit!
Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 12, 2024, at 18:45, Robert Melton <lists AT> wrote:
> Whelp, I completely didn't know about this feature, and it is a hugely
> helpful.
> I deeply worry I will fall into a org-mode pit and not come out for a few
> days.
> I have barely scratched the surface or org.
>> On Feb 12, 2024, at 10:45, Parham Doustdar <parham90 AT> wrote:
>> Hey Robert,
>> Not sure if you know this, so putting it here in case you don't, but the
>> things you list under your "can get clever" are actually very easy to do
>> with no coding. Just bind org-capture to a global hotkey, then press it
>> when you want to make a note about the line you are just reading. Then you
>> can insert the link in an org buffer using C-c C-l I think, and the line
>> you had captured would be in the history, which you can go through using
>> the arrow keys.
>> Also, what I often do is keep my notes open in a separate window (or tab
>> in MacOS terms) by pressing C-x 4 b. Then I can use C-x o to jump between
>> the code (open in one window) and my notes (open in another window).
>> I'll leave the rest to others to answer, as I often struggle with
>> spaghetti code myself.'
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> On Feb 12, 2024, at 16:34, Robert Melton <emacspeak AT> wrote:
>>> Curious if there are any recommendations for learning new codebases.
>>> I am currently fighting a rather complex codebase for a web app and
>>> wondering
>>> if the community has any tricks for staying sane when trying to spin up
>>> on new
>>> projects.
>>> Thus far I have played a good bit with folding, which I like the idea of
>>> because
>>> it makes it easy to skip over or dig in on a block, and while I like the
>>> notion of
>>> it, I hate the actual experience.
>>> Right now, I am mostly maintaining a notes file on the project as I go and
>>> learn each piece, can get clever I think and drop links into the files, or
>>> even sort of build my own annotate by binding a keypress to jump to my
>>> org file and come back.
>>> Any tools or techniques I should add to my bag of tricks?
>>> --
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