IDEs Are a Language Smell

Posted: November 20, 2012 Comments

IDEs Are a Language Smell.

This is intriguing to me as it highlights something I let go under my radar for some time. Do IDEs make a lazier programmer? One who is less intimate with their language of choice and the implementation they’ve built? I find it interesting that something that’s designed to make you more productive can actually have an adverse effect over time… or can it?

I’ve gone back and forth on what I use to write code. I started with a text editor then went to an IDE for about a year and now I’m back to a text editor. I cycle back and forth in what I see as truly valuable and what I see as limiting and all in all it’s likely just a distraction anyway but I’m even more curious now.

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