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The IDEs Of March

I’m an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) man. I like the way IDEs (Eclipse, Visual Studio) provide an overarching dashboard overview and uniform control over the tool set needed to build software. Plus, I’m horrible at remembering commands; and as I get older, it gets worse.

How about you? Are you an IDE user or a command line person?

  1. Mark Wilson
    May 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Command line and vi[m] all the way! I see very little advantage to IDEs; I can certainly edit just as fast with vi (hand never leave the keyboard!). The refactoring is kind of nice. Color coding? Geesh, if I don’t know what the keywords in my language are by now, I shouldn’t be programming!

    • May 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Thanks for the macho answer mark 🙂

  2. May 15, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I’ve quite recently swapped from IDEs to the command line. I’d say it’s about speed for me too. I can remember all the Git commands I need to maintain a repository, and personally I prefer quickly typing “git commit” than taking the time to dig through several layers of menu to achieve the same thing. The one thing I miss is code prediction: I certainly don’t remember all the symbols in a large library, and a popup list of those always used to come in handy 🙂

    • May 15, 2012 at 5:37 am

      Interesting. I would have thought that once the transition from command line to IDE occurred, there would be no going back. Shows you what I know – which is not much.

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