Do What I Mean
February 7th, 2020
So I wrote about how to use Org mode, but only briefly discussed what it is:
Org mode is a fast and effective tool to manage personal information, like notes, tasks, and references. It is also used for authoring and publishing blogs, books and academic papers. Org mode is part of Emacs and stores its data in plain-text files.
That's not a lie, but it barely scratches the surface. I was listening to Emacscast today, and the explanation by host Rakhim inspired this post.
Basically, I see Org mode as three parts:
As the markup is just plain text, you can edit org mode files in any text editor you like. This ensures you never loose access to your data. The editor is where org mode begins to distinguish itself: editors like VSCode, Vim and Sublime support only a small subset of the features you get when editing org mode in Emacs. But the modules are where org mode really starts to shine. They add such amazingly powerful features that they make org mode unlike any other tool I know.
The strength of these modules is that they are
integrated loosely coupled. By that I mean they have maximum cohesion and minimum dependency. And by that I mean that the modules form a suite where every tool works together with the others, but the do not need each other. This way you can gradually add modules to get an ever richer experience and truly Organize Your Life In Plain Text!