Famous Emacs Users (that are not famous for using Emacs)

By Wenshan

I don’t think using Emacs could make a better programmer, nor do I think that having a couple of relatively famous middle or old aged people using (or previously using) Emacs could prove that Emacs has some unique power.

However, when I started, there were a few Emacs users that I have high respect for, which is one of the reasons that made me continue to play with Emacs. Here I have created a list of famous Emacs users and hope it will (mis)guide newbies.

This list will be updated occasionally (the latest updates will be on the top) and revision is highly welcomed.

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Note: this picture is from gamefans.com

  • Jonathan Blow has a few series of living coding, where he used Emacs for programming.

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Note: this picture is from deepin.org

  • Wang Yong is the author of many widely adopted Emacs addons, see his EmacsWiki page for details

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Note: this picture is from www.computerweekly.com

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  • In The Setup, Joe mentioned: “I write books using XML markup in emacs (nxml mode)” and “I write code in Emacs”
  • His page on Wikipedia
  • Thanks to 周冲zxc for providing this information.

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Note: this picture is from Wikipedia

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Note: this picture is from Wikipedia

  • jf on Hacker News mentioned: “Whitfield Diffie is also an Emacs user. I once sat behind him at an awards ceremony and was able to observe him hacking on Emacs lisp during the event.”
  • His page on Wikipedia
  • Note: I couldn’t find any direct evidence to prove that Diffie is an Emacs user

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  • Gabriel is the founder of Lucid Emacs, see his WikiPage for more details.

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  • In this Q&A, Norvig mentioned: “I dislike all three major OS – Windows, Mac, Linux. I like Python and Lisp. Emacs.”
  • His page on Wikipedia
  • Thanks to TheWaWaR for providing information

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Note: this picture is from www.quotezuki.com

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Note: this picture is from Twitter

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  • In an article on his blog Internal Reprogrammability, Martin mentioned that he is an Emacs user
  • His page on Wikipedia
  • Thanks to RomeaWong for providing information

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Note: this picture is from Wikipedia

  • In the movie Social Network, Mark’s actor was editing PHP and Perl in Emacs, for example:
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    Note: this picture is from Quora
  • In one of Mark’s early blogs, he mentioned “it’s definitely necessary to break out emacs and modify that perl script”, this line was also used in the movie’s script.
  • His page on Wikipedia

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Note: this picture is from www.techcn.com.cn/index.php?doc-view-131413.html

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Note: this picture is from www.zeuux.com/group/richardstallman/photo/content/5820

Note: English is not my first language, so please feel free to point out any mistakes you might find.