How would one write a function that one could bind to, say, SUPER-f, which inserts the code:

for () {

in the buffer with my cursor being moved into the () parens for filling out the loop guard?

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    Have you already heard about yasnippet?
    – Nsukami _
    Feb 28, 2016 at 17:28
  • What did you try?
    – asjo
    Feb 28, 2016 at 17:52
  • Didn't try much of anything, since my knowledge of emacs is limited to what's builtin. However, I had not heard of yasnippet and it seems to do the trick.
    – eof
    Feb 28, 2016 at 18:35
  • @eof: if yasnippet solved your problem, please post an answer to your own question that details the solution, and accept it.
    – Dan
    Feb 29, 2016 at 0:08

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I think I'd do it like this:

(define-skeleton my-for-statement
  "Insert a for () {...} skeleton."
  \n "for () {" \n > _ "}" \n)

The \n are for "newlines" (and the ones at beg/end are only added if needed). The _ basically says that if you have selected a region before running the command, then this region will end up right where _ is (IOW, the region will be wrapped by the "for" statement). And the > in front causes this region (if any) to be re-indented.

You can then do M-x my-for-statement and that will insert the statement.

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