[erlang-questions] IDE Bashing (Was Re: [erlang-questions] "Erlang as a First Language" -- crazy? or just stupid?)

Bengt Kleberg <>
Tue Dec 29 10:33:11 CET 2009


I care about how long time it takes to write the correct, clean and
maintainable code mentioned below. If an IDE makes it possible to make
the same code faster, then an IDE is a good idea.
It is also necessary to add the time needed to learn the IDE, but if
that time can be amortized over several projects it could still be a
good idea.


On Mon, 2009-12-28 at 20:12 -0500, Fred Hebert wrote:
> Am I alone to think that lots of people organize their work in different
> manners? People will draw graphs on paper, take notes on an empty file or a
> sheet, organize stuff in tables, explore files with grep or whatever search
> facility they have, use their IDEs, use code skeletons or auto-completion,
> etc.
> I'm usually annoyed by programmers' frequent search for one true way™ to do
> things. Most of us have different ways to organize our thoughts when writing
> texts, emails, preparing daily tasks (like groceries and whatnot), do math,
> etc. Why would it be necessary for everyone to either use an IDE or use
> none? We've got a bunch of languages all adapted to the task at hand. We
> also have a bunch of tools adapted to different manners to organize
> thoughts.
> I'm having trouble grasping why some if not most of us often have a hard
> time accepting different people might do things differently to achieve good
> results. Why should anyone care about the tools the others use, as long as
> the code is right, clean and maintainable?

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