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Old 12th October 2008
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On my system it automatically loads the correct mode and syntax highlighting (even when launched with -Q), but here are some suggestions:

;; try syntax highlighting always, no matter what mode
(global-font-lock-mode 1)
I know enough lisp to get by, but being a vim user, I don't speak emacese very well; here are a few useful references:

FreeBSD Developers handbook, Using Emacs as an IDE

How to turn on syntax highlighting; from some gnu emacs related faq
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Thou shalt check the array bounds of all strings (indeed, all arrays), for surely where thou typest ``foo'' someone someday shall type ``supercalifragilisticexpialidocious''.
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