Monday, 27 October 2008

*tex Pain

I've just finished writing my first report in Latex. I have also just experience Bibtex, the referencing package. The idea seems simple; keep the reference details and main content separate; and let Bibtex process it and pump out a correctly formatted bibliography.

The reality is that you will spend hours chasing horrible error messages from Bibtex about undefined references due to the minefield of possible syntax errors. The lesson is, use a proper latex editor in combination with some form of reference organiser to remove some of the pain.

Having said all this, i will definitely be using Latex in the future, primarily because it prevents me from getting distracted with formatting whilst writing the report. The end result is also much prettier.

1 comment:

Gavin said...

I was wondering when you'd discovered that despite the power of Bibtex, it is a pain in the backside to use. May I recommend TexMaker as quite a good program for writing LaTeX code - although use TeXnic Centre if you want to be able to interchange between the ecad machines in uni and home easily.