What kind of Editor, IDE you are using and which one do you like for D language?

Patrick Schluter Patrick.Schluter at bbox.fr
Mon Dec 30 16:13:03 UTC 2019

On Monday, 30 December 2019 at 14:59:22 UTC, bachmeier wrote:
> On Monday, 30 December 2019 at 06:43:03 UTC, H. S. Teoh wrote:
>> [...]
> Another way in which the IDE is "heavy" is the amount of 
> overhead for beginning/occasional users. I like that I can get 
> someone started using D like this:
> 1. Open text editor
> 2. Type simple program
> 3. Compile by typing a few characters into a terminal/command 
> prompt.
> An IDE adds a crapload to the learning curve. It's terrible, 
> because they need to memorize a bunch of steps when they use a 
> GUI (click here -> type this thing in this box -> click here -> 
> ...)
> Back when I was teaching intro econ courses, which are taken by 
> nearly all students here, I'd sometimes be talking with 
> students taking Java or C++ courses. One of the things that 
> really sucked (beyond using Java for an intro programming 
> class) was that they'd have to learn the IDE first. Not only 
> were they hit with this as the simplest possible program:
> public class HelloWorld {
>     public static void main(String[] args) {
>         System.out.println("Hello, World");
>     }
> }
> but before they even got there, the instructor went through an 
> entire lecture teaching them about the IDE. That's an effective 
> way to make students think programming is a mind-numbingly 
> stupid task on par with reading the phone book.
> Contrast that with students opening a text editor, typing 
> `print "Hello World"` and then running the program.
> IDE support should obviously be made available. I think it 
> would be a mistake, however, to move away from the simplicity 
> of being able to open a text editor, type in a few lines, and 
> then compile and run in a terminal. It's not just beginners. 
> This is quite handy for those who will occasionally work with D 
> code. For someone in my position (academic research), beginners 
> and occasional programmers represents most of the user base.

Good point. It also trains people to not be able to work without 
IDE. I see it at work with some of the Java devs who aren't even 
able to invoke javac in a command line and setting javapath 
correctly. Why? Because IDE shielded them from these easy things. 
It has also a corrolary that they're not capable to implement 
sometimes simple protocols or file processings without resorting 
to external libraries. A little bit like people needing even and 
odd library in Javascript.

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