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I started using emacs when I first started to learn Clojure, since the book Clojure for the Brave and True recommend it so highly. I couldn't really get a feel for it at the time, but I knew I'd probably start using it again sometime.
I got back to using emacs when I found out about Spacemacs. Finally, I was able to be productive without needing to memorize everything, since the layout put all the bindings right in front of me. I felt so powerful!
Customizing Spacemacs turned out to be too much for me, though, and I found myself looking for an alternative. That's when I realized that I had learned enough to feel comfortable with just emacs and a few packages. And now here we are today.
jmclemo66954yI don't. As to why, well, you see there's this thing called Vim.
I do, for pretty much the same reasons you listed: lisp development. In my case it was for common lisp and elisp (elisp being already built in)
I still use it, but only when convenienr.
I got into Emacs when I started play with GNU Linux. I kept reading about open source and the name kept on appearing. So I looked into it , did the tutorial and got hooked.
I've stuck with it because it really rewards curiosity and I like Lisp derived programming languages. I'm tweaking it to the point where I can comfortably integrate it with work.
I use VIM!!!