Seeking old post on developers who like IDEs vs developers who like simple languages

Chris Rebert clp2 at
Tue May 19 08:01:10 CEST 2009

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 9:35 PM, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
<ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
> In message <07e5af6c-d41d-4a4a-8e2e-
> f27bc92c96e5 at>, Steve Ferg wrote:
>> On the one hand, there are developers who love big IDEs with lots of
>> features (code generation, error checking, etc.), and rely on them to
>> provide the high level of support needed to be reasonably productive
>> in heavy-weight languages (e.g. Java).
>> On the other hand there are developers who much prefer to keep things
>> light-weight and simple.
> Would it be fair to say the first type tends to congregate in herds,
> particularly in corporate IT departments, while the latter tends to operate
> on a more individual basis?

That would certainly explain Lisp hackers!


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