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runrig (3385)


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Journal of runrig (3385)

Tuesday February 10, 2004
06:01 PM

Got the IDE blues

[ #17344 ]
I'll never be able to properly convey to my boss the concept that a fancy IDE doesn't make one programming language any more valid than another. In our GUI development environment, it just took me about 2 minutes and 20 seconds to make a simple change. I just needed to change the column name in a SQL where clause. I see the code, I know what change needs to be made, but it's in a library. So I have to load the library (and wait for the library's libraries to load), make the change (which takes all of one or two seconds), go back to the main program, wait for the libraries in the main program to refresh, then wait for the main program to recompile. Almost 2 1/2 minutes for a one second change. Okay, if I didn't make the mistake in the first place, I wouldn't have had to spend 2 1/2 minutes fixing it, but it sure does get boring staring at that hourglass...
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  • They pay you to stare at hourglasses and use overpadded IDEs. The programming is lagniappe.

  • The fact that making the change takes only two seconds, is the accomplishment of the IDE. The fact that the rest takes so long, is due to stuff that it doesn't control. So it's not at fault.