Tools change the way you work

Vinny is worried that the use of IntelliJ IDEA has changed how he works and he’s worried about going to a project that won’t let him use IDEA.

Vinny, at least for the project you’re concerned about, don’t be: Eclipse has many of the IntelliJ features, and some IntelliJ doesn’t have. You’ll feel a little bit of pain, but not too much.

However, you’re correct. Modern IDEs do become addictive. One of the reasons I don’t like writing in other languages, or in other IDEs, these days is that I’m addicted to the refactoring support in Eclipse and IntelliJ. I truly dread going back to doing C++ coding. 😉

All I can say is that I’m gaining an understanding of why the ex-Smalltalk coders always seem bitter. 😉

Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 20 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 22 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

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