Most of my GNU Emacs learning time has continued to be spent writing elisp. I am very slowly starting to retrain myself on a couple of basic keystrokes:
M-g M-g (goto-line) and
M-% (query-replace) are two biggies, because my use of
ido-ubquitous mode actually means that my default use of
M-x to get to both of those is disrupted—the minibuffer no longer autocompletes in the same way, so if I’m going to have to relearn how to get to them, I should really re-learn the short versions.
Anyway, I did want to take a moment to sing the praises of the GNU Emacs Help facility, because it has been invaluable. Specifically
C-h f (describe-function) and
C-h v (describe-variable). While the help they give is necessarily brief, it’s often enough for someone like me, who just needs a gentle prod about something now and again. I even used
C-h f to look up the documentation for
if a few minutes ago, because I couldn’t remember if you had to do
progn to do a multi-statement else block.
So that’s it for today. Learn the rich set of commands that let you get right to what you need in the documentation—it will be invaluable for exploring emacs.