Wanna learn LaTeX?

I have a full video tutorial series on learning LaTeX, broken into small sensible parts, here.

What is LaTeX?

Basically, it's how big boys write and format documents. Every public brief, scientific article, book or even outline written by people who know what they're doing is written in LaTeX.

If you want to see examples of documents made with LaTeX, you can see my Master's thesis here or another paper here. Of course, LaTeX documents can be infinitely customized.


Is it hard?

No. I learned enough of it to make that 70-page thesis with automatic references above in a single week. Like basically everything else (Linux, vim, whatever), there is a militant community of brainlets sitting around sulking that it must be something hard since they are too tactically lazy to learn anything, but who cares what they think.

Thanks to Microsoft shilling during the 90's, the way we're taught to use Microsoft Word to write everything, so we think of it as being "easiest." There are a lot of free software equivalents to Word now, like Libreoffice, but fundamentally they carry over Word's annoyances in a slightly different format.

Word is WYSIWYG, that is "What you see is what you get." That means it appears on the screen exactly how it's printed out. LaTeX, however, is written in plain text, and with LaTeX commands/functions you tell it how to set the text and margins, etc., then you compile it into a pdf document.

Why is compiling documents superior to using an "easy" WYSIWYG editor?

"But Word has some of those things!"

Niche features that basically no Word-user uses. Also they change with every new update. This is the primary operating structure of LaTeX.

Installing LaTeX

Again, check out my LaTeX playlist to learn how to install and use it.

Nowadays, I use my compiler (see it in my dotfiles repository) to compile LaTeX from vim. I don't use an autocompiler or anything like that.

See my full LaTeX tutorials here.