Why use Emacs?
Emacs is by far my favourite editor (if not religion). Every developer needs to have an intimate knowledge of their editor so that they can compile thoughts into software as efficiently as possible. Emacs is great because it is powerful, customizable, and it runs on almost all operating systems.
There is an GNU Emacs FAQ for Windows.
The Emacs elisp manual is definitely worth bookmarking if you start writing elisp code
XKCD Emacs Comic
Getting Emacs source from CVS
Download emacs from savannah.gnu.org. You’ll need to set your cvs root to be “:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot” and login with an empty password. The project is called “emacs” (strangely enough).
Turning off “bling”
; no splash screen (setq inhibit-startup-message t) ;; Get rid of the menubar and the toolbar... (if (functionp 'tool-bar-mode) (tool-bar-mode 0) ; don't show the toolbar ) (menu-bar-mode 0) ; don't show the menu bar. (scroll-bar-mode -1) ; don't show the scroll bar ; turn off the 3d formatting of the mode-line. (set-face-attribute 'mode-line nil :box nil)