[Openmcl-devel] A plug for nx1-combination-hook

Tim Bradshaw tfb at tfeb.org
Mon Sep 7 20:30:30 UTC 2009


On 7 Sep 2009, at 17:52, Terje Norderhaug wrote:

> I am in the camp preferring a more spartan, focused IDE for myself,
> with just the functionality I need. But I can see the attraction of
> toolbars etc. It could be useful to have a variety of IDEs on top of
> a lisp environment, supporting the taste/needs of different  
> developers.

I agree with this, but I feel perhaps more strongly.  I use Eclipse  
relatively frequently, and it basically makes me feel fairly ill every  
time I do so.  I'm not a very fluent Java programmer but I still do  
not want something that overwhelming (and I can't see anyone who can  
type wanting that).  It may be that younger programmers today *do*  
want that - I guess the fact that Eclipse exists at all must indicate  
that.

So I'd (obviously, since I'm not contributing anything other than  
whining!) be fine with some more fashionable IDE but I'd like not to  
sacrifice the more spartan one if possible.  I'd also rather have the  
bugs worked out of the spartan one first, as Hemlock falls about  
annoyingly often (but again, don't listen to me, I'm not the customer!).

FWIW I quite liked LispWork's IDE which was a good compromise and had  
a number of powerful tools (mainly the grapher).  I would still be  
using that if I could justify the cost given how much CL I write now.   
So looking at that might be interesting.

--tim



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