I’m sure this topic has been discussed a million times, but hey, here we go again. A recent question came up on whether people liked their experience of Eclipse vs. Visual Studio. Of course this brought up the advantages of one versus the other. But is that really a fair comparison? It really depends. What type of application are you building — a native Windows application? Surely going with Visual Studio makes sense. But if the goal is cross-platform, then you might look at Eclipse.
Glad to see people are thinking about IDEs, but what really intrigues me about this conversation of one IDE versus another is that someone always has to add their two cents about the ancient text editors of the world. Something like “real programmers use vi”. Hold the phone. Are we talking about the same text editor that requires you to memorize a gazillion key bindings?
I don’t get this. I understand legacy use, as vi was the only available built-in text editor at the time and still is the only choice of hackers today. But times have changed. Anyone I’ve talked to who is using vi (or other known text editors like emacs) always seems very proud of it. Maybe knowing how to use such a complex tool provides some self-worth. I just don’t know. Seems like it would be the same as me bragging about my portable Walkman or the 8-track player in my car.
Don’t the features of Visual Studio or Eclipse make you faster? With a click of a button you can refactor your code. With simple auto-completion the IDE eliminates simple typing (or even mistakes). Plus with built-in tools for static analysis, test generation, etc., what are you waiting for?
So you vi/vim/emacs coders out there — tell me why on earth you are sticking with it. What makes you a better programmer using vi/vim or emacs?