There are several ways to "program" the Emacs Calculator, depending on
the nature of the problem you need to solve.
1. "Keyboard macros" allow you to record a sequence of keystrokes and
play them back at a later time. This is just the standard Emacs
keyboard macro mechanism, dressed up with a few more features such
as loops and conditionals.
2. "Algebraic definitions" allow you to use any formula to define a
new function. This function can then be used in algebraic
formulas or as an interactive command.
3. "Rewrite rules" are discussed in the section on algebra commands.
Note: Rewrite Rules. If you put your rewrite rules in the
variable `EvalRules', they will be applied automatically to all
Calc results in just the same way as an internal "rule" is applied
to evaluate `sqrt(9)' to 3 and so on. Note: Automatic Rewrites.
4. "Lisp" is the programming language that Calc (and most of Emacs)
is written in. If the above techniques aren't powerful enough, you
can write Lisp functions to do anything that built-in Calc commands
can do. Lisp code is also somewhat faster than keyboard macros or
Programming features are available through the `z' and `Z' prefix
keys. New commands that you define are two-key sequences beginning
with `z'. Commands for managing these definitions use the shift-`Z'
prefix. (The `Z T' (`calc-timing') command is described elsewhere;
Note: Troubleshooting Commands. The `Z C'
(`calc-user-define-composition') command is also described elsewhere;
Note: User-Defined Compositions.)
- Creating User Keys
- Keyboard Macros
- Invocation Macros
- Algebraic Definitions
- Lisp Definitions
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