LaTeX tools and best practice

On this page I will collect LaTeX hints that I consider worth sharing. The list will never be exhaustive.

Do not follow random advice on the internet

Most of it is outdated or just plain wrong.

Do not reinvent the wheel

Look up the documentation at least for amsmath, amsthm, amssymb, and mathtools.

Do not use outdated software

In new documents replace pstricks by tikz, xypic by tikz-cd, bibtex by biblatex and biber. The newer solutions have vastly superior user interfaces.


I've been using Emacs for a long time, but Visual Studio Code seems to be a good alternative these days. Don't bother using any specialized LaTeX editor, they will never catch up with the functionality of the big general purpose editors.


Git (the stupid content tracker)

Miscellaneous hints