At 05:02 18/02/2002, Peter J. Schoenster wrote:
>Well, as you said, no point in arguing. Just that I think if someone
>really wants to develop they should learn some better tools than a
>GUI but it's a question of balance.
That's quite an arguable point. I don't code PHP but C++ and Java, and I
can say that I'm much more productive using an advanced GUI (Visual C++,
IntelliJ IDEA) than I am using a text editor and aid tools. There are
still things I do in a shell (diffing, grepping, patching, even tiny text
edits), but to actually write big code portions, and/or refactor existing
code portions, IDE's give you tools that simple text editors just don't.
Of course, it's a matter of habits and taste, but saying that 'someone who
really wants to develop should learn some better tools than a GUI' is
simply bogus in my opinion. GUIs are better than text-mode tools in many
ways, and text-mode tools sometimes get the job done quicker than GUIs. A
good GUI would address >80% of your needs, and you can fill in the gap with
the tools you were used to.
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