Kicking the Eclipse habit 17 May, 2012
Eclipse is a wondrous piece of work, and extremely useful. I have cooked up many lines of code in that IDE over the years (I’ve deleted lots of lines in it too, which is as it should be), and will probably bust it out again and again in the future. But for now? For now I’ve parked it. Too many UI quirks getting in the way, too many dependent pieces of code ’n’ plug-ins, too much waiting for “tooling” to pull its trousers up. I like it simple: one or three bare-bones editors, and the command line.
It’s always good to compare with fellow developers, and I always like to hear what kit people are using. I’ll start: here’s the current tool-set getting the love chez Foo…
- Sublime Text 2 (all main platforms)
- Great programming editor, loads of syntax files built-in, and cross-platform in a good way. Really like using this, and it’s my PHP / Ruby editor of choice at the moment (not that I do much Ruby, but I can dream).
- Coda (OS X)
- Venerable editor for all things web plus a few others. Still a big favourite but needs a version bump—and soon.
- A terminal
- So flexible, oh the things you can do! It has its own range of editors (my fave is vi) plus git, ssh, svn, maven, phing, all the rest… :-)