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About Emacs Lisp

(defun hello (&optional name)
  "Say hello, optionally to NAME."
  (let ((greetee (or name "World")))
    (concat "Hello, " greetee "!")))

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Key Features of Emacs Lisp

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Simple syntax

Emacs Lisp's syntax is simple, expressive and easy to learn.


Both source code and data are expressed using nested lists.


It's easy to customize the language with Emacs Lisp's macro system.


Emacs Lisp support imperative and functional programming styles.


Emacs Lisp can be used as scripting language by using Emacs' batch mode.

Well Documented

Emacs Lisp is well documented right inside the editor.

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Community-sourced Emacs Lisp exercises

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