Hello, I'm Sebastian Wiesner, software developer by occupation and by passion.

I write Scala for a living and a couple of other languages for fun and a better world—mostly Haskell and Rust. I used to write Python for almost a decade, and created Windows GUI applications with WPF and C#. I’ve also done a bit of OCaml, and occasionally work on iOS Apps with Swift.

I use Spacemacs for most of my work, and maintain a couple of Emacs packages, most notably Flycheck.

In this blog, I mostly write about Emacs, but occasionally also about other topics which are of course related to technology and programming. You can find my open source work on Github, read my answers on Stack Overflow and follow me on Twitter.


Occasionally I write about Emacs, Haskell, Scala and other stuff that interests me. Below are my latest posts. You can find the complete list in the Archive.
  1. September 9, 2015 Sep 09, 15 Quoting emacs-devel

    The issue of using curly quotes (‘foo’) in docstrings and other places where Emacs has of old used ASCII quotes (`foo')

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  2. August 16, 2015 Aug 16, 15 Emojis in Emacs

    I’ve recently found the best Emacs package ever: company-emoji. It’s a Company source for Emoji input 😍.

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  3. April 29, 2015 Apr 29, 15 Configuring buffer display in Emacs

    I guess every Emacs user knows this particular phenomenon: Windows constantly pop up at almost, but not quite, entirely undesired places. It is a surprisingly hard challenge to make Emacs display buffers in a sane way. Packages like winner and pop-win tell stories about the pain of generations of Emacs users. Well, it used to be a hard, but now it became much easier in Emacs 24.1 with the new display-buffer-alist option.

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  4. January 20, 2015 Jan 20, 15 Why package.el?

    Today, an Emacs user on Reddit asked how to organise their Emacs extensions, specifically whether to use package.el or a “home-made” solution. This post answers that question. It's essentially a copy of a Reddit comment of mine from about a year ago.

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  5. January 6, 2015 Jan 06, 15 My Emacs Configuration with use-package

    In the past I used to keep my Emacs configuration completely in a single init.el file. For a long time this worked quite well, but of late my configuration became increasingly messy: Package configuration was mixed with utility functions, key bindings, and even larger code for entirely new features. Needless to say that my init file was in dire need of a very thorough cleanup.

    I had heard a lot of good things about John Wiegley's use-package macro, and in the days after Christmas I decided to sit down and try to refactor my Emacs configuration with use-package. The result was very pleasant, and much better than I had dared to hope.

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  6. December 23, 2014 Dec 23, 14 My Christmas present for fellow Emacs users: Flycheck 0.22

    With Christmas almost here, it's time for me to present my gift to you, my fellow Emacs users: A brand new shiny release of Flycheck, now at version 0.22. At the surface little has changed, but under the hood Flycheck made a big step towards a 1.0 release, and provides even more features to write your own syntax checkers.

    The release announcement and the changelog have all the details, but in this post I'd like to give you a short idea of what I think are the most important features of this new release.

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  7. December 23, 2014 Dec 23, 14 TIL about Bug Reference Mode

    There's not a day in which I don't find a new gem for Emacs. Today it's the built-in bug-reference-mode. This fancy little thing turns issue references in text into clickable buttons that browse the corresponding issue in a bug tracker. I discovered it via the bug-reference-github package, which automatically configures the mode for files in Github repositories.

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  8. December 3, 2014 Dec 03, 14 Generic syntax checkers in Flycheck

    In two years of maintaining Flycheck I received many wishes and feature requests. I implemented many, discarded some, but I never came around to add the most requested feature and fix the oldest issue still open: Check a buffer with an arbitrary Emacs Lisp function.

    Now, after more than one year of waiting, this feature is finally there: Flycheck now supports “generic syntax checkers”, which call synchronous or asynchronous Emacs Lisp functions instead of invoking external commands. They are “generic” because they are essentially a superset of normal syntax checkers: In fact, regular syntax checkers are now called “command syntax checkers” and implemented on top of this new feature, as a specific kind of generic checkers.

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  9. October 26, 2014 Oct 26, 14 Flycheck 0.21 released

    I've just released Flycheck 0.21, the result of two months of work. It's already on MELPA and Marmalade, so take a look at the release annoucement and the changelog, and update Flycheck with M-x list-packages RET U x.

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  10. September 14, 2014 Sep 14, 14 Emacs StackExchange proposal

    There is a proposal for a separate Emacs site on the popular StackExchange network. It needs your help! Please commit to it in order to bring it to beta!

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