Emacs Prelude 1.0

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I’ve bought a huge files to share with you at the moment time – after (over) 9 years of
negate, Emacs Prelude in the end made it to version 1.0! There’s nothing
for sure huge or groundbreaking there, as Prelude has been in a pretty real save for a extraordinarily
long time feature-vivid, but I felt relish tagging a 1.0 release, because it’s 2020 and
all variety of loopy things are going down the final year. Most of you potentially
don’t know this, but Prelude used to be one of my first launch-source initiatives1,
that’s why making it to 1.0 methodology a wide deal to me. Commence-source initiatives are a
fabricated from cherish, horrid and uncomplicated.

I do know that Prelude has potentially misplaced a few of its significance within the period of
Spacemacs, Doom Emacs, and a myriad other wide Emacs distributions with more
aspects, sophisticated plugin systems, bells, whistles, kitchen sinks, and all that jazz, but
I don’t for sure care. I’m blissful that we made it to this point, I’m satisfied that Prelude used to be
the gateway to Emacs for tons of oldsters, I’m happy with the neighborhood we’ve constructed,
I’m proud that it impressed many other distributions to gallop in a lot of
instructions, and I’m proud that Prelude repeatedly stood well appropriate to its core philosophy:

  • straightforward
  • straightforward to mark and extend
  • real
  • a foundation so that you just can assemble upon, in save of some cease-user product that you just’re speculated to relate as-is

This methodology that it intentionally doesn’t pack the final bells and whistles that it would perhaps.
Prelude goals to give a preserve to the traditional Emacs journey with out deviating loads from it – e.g.
it would never enable something relish sinful-mode (vim keybindings) by default and loads of others.

The entire third-celebration programs that it bundles are carefully vetted and are recognized to be of
real positive and to bask in legitimate maintainers. That in most cases methodology that Prelude’s now not going
to rapid adopt some intellectual new kit, that has established tried and well appropriate decisions.

I do know some other folks had been pissed/upset that in latest years Prelude didn’t
replace a lot, but for me this used to be never a disaster – it used to be for sure a feature, in
the same methodology that stability is a feature for Clojure. Fewer adjustments mean fewer
breakages, fewer things to learn, fewer puzzled customers, and loads of others. They moreover mean that
I imagine that by methodology of functionality and journey Prelude is the save I desire
it to be. Focus on it or now not, every so continually application initiatives are (largely)
performed. Yeah, there’s repeatedly some room for more enhancements, but after a particular
point the return on funding is completely now not payment it (or even worse – it
becomes detrimental).

I’m repeatedly amused by how many of us advance to CIDER’s disaster tracker reporting regular
complications with programs relish sayid and clj-refactor (CIDER plugins) that had been robotically
installed and enabled by their distribution. Most informal CIDER customers don’t need those
programs and the complexity that incorporates them, and energy customers can clearly
install and configure the programs themselves. That’s now not a real user journey
in my e book, and it’s a conventional instance of the energy of the “much less is more”
philosophy. Prelude bundles most efficient CIDER (no extensions) and it real works.
Same with many other programming languages.

Relaxation assured that Prelude will proceed to adapt at some point soon, but don’t
ask something else huge to replace. Nowadays I’ve been pondering switching to
relate-kit for the internals, though I don’t quiz a real reason to produce so,
and to leverage more of LSP here and there. Leveraging some Emacs 27 aspects is
moreover on the agenda. Better documentation would be an substantial development as
well!2

One thing I’ve vowed to produce going forward is to withhold a greater song of adjustments
and to designate releases more continually. Which capacity that the venture in the end has a
changelog and
greater contribution templates. I thought (hope) to cut a few “real” releases 2-3
times a year. I moreover thought to get a few co-maintainers to make sure I’m able to
retire quietly down the street, but I’m in no flee to produce this.

I assume that used to be one pretty uncommon release announcement, but that’s the discharge
announcement I felt relish writing. Resulting from all and sundry who helped and primitive
Prelude for practically a decade! I equivalent to you all! Be pleased hacking!

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