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Like a lightsaber, an Emacs setup is most effective when hand-assembled and honed over much practice. This talk will show you what it takes to put together a killer set of dotfiles, starting with a tour of indispensible features and libraries and going on to cover writing your own functions to extend Emacs with Elisp. Bring a laptop (with Emacs installed, of course) and knowledge of basic navigation and commands from the tutorial.
Phil Hagelberg has been using Emacs for 8 years and is most well-known for creating the widely-used Emacs Starter Kit. He also wrote the PeepCode screencast for Emacs as well as many other smaller modes.