Developer Soup (Software Carpentry, Python, Eiffel, KDevelop)
MSteed at altiris.com
Wed Feb 2 19:46:43 CET 2000
> From: Warren Postma [mailto:embed at geocities.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2000 11:03 AM
> To: python-list at python.org
> Subject: Developer Soup (Software Carpentry, Python, Eiffel, KDevelop)
> What the World Needs Now:
> While I agree with Mr. Wilson's "Software Carpentry" ideal,
> and avoiding
> 'accidental complexity', it seems to me that the $850K being spent on
> resuscitating these crusty old Unix command line tools (chiefly make,
> autoconf, and automake) to make new command line tools is a
> perfect example of the things he criticizes in programmers like me.
> I think it would be far better to invest in building tools to
> plug into an already started new development environment. After all,
> "It's not the 70s anymore Dorothy".
> KDevelop is clearly in the lead as a portable cross-platform
> IDE, and I think $850K could do a lot to help it along. Once people
> are writing their software in a world-class IDE, instead of sitting
> in Bash, vi and EMACS all day, I think we would safely be able to
> say that Unix had caught up to the Windows platforms of the late
> 1990s. Let's at least be realistic, folks.
Not intending to stray too far off-topic...
You might be surprised at the number of people who have tried the
"world-class IDEs" on Windows and other platforms and found that they are
just as productive (or more so) with "crusty old Unix" tools such as those
I do most of my development on Windows, using Vim, zsh, gcc, make, etc.
There is no functionality in MSVC++ that I miss with my tools. In fact,
several developers I work with who have been long-time MSVC++ fans have
switched to these crusty tools because they have tried them and found them
to be more productive.
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