Weeknotes for Week 16, 2020

, London

Another week of lockdown. I’ve spent most of it on doing my best to wrap up a client project that’s due at the end of the month, but I did have time for a couple of interesting bits and pieces.

Taming emails with mu4e

There comes a time in each Emacs user’s life where they want to do pretty much all the things in Emacs, and one of the first all the things is email.

I’ve experimented with an Emacs-based email client called Wanderlust, but it didn’t end up sticking with men (and neither did Emacs, back then). Now that I’ve more or less organised my around org-mode, I wanted to give this another go, this time using mu4e.

I will probably write a blog post later about my exact setup, but for now I’ll say that I’m using mbsync to fetch email via IMAP, and msmtp to send email. Please take a look at this blog post for a great introduction to mu4e, and my own config files are available if you want to take a look.

The killer feature of reading email in Emacs is that messages can be linked to your org-mode agenda as todo items. It’s the end of using the inbox as a todo list, and I’m loving it.

Pair programming

My friend Marion and I have recently started weekly pair programming sessions to go through the Rebuilding Rails book by Noah Gibbs, and building a Rails-like Ruby web framework from scratch.

This is a fun and educational exercise, and I’m enjoying the deep learning that comes with it. We’re only at the beginning, and I was already able to use something I learned from the book in my daily work.

Until next week!