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Re: What IDEs support autoconf-based projects ?

From: Philip Herron
Subject: Re: What IDEs support autoconf-based projects ?
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 18:52:29 +0100
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John Calcote wrote:
> In my experience, there is little need for an IDE when writing C/C++
> programs, as the standard library is fairly small. Perhaps an IDE is
> helpful during early learning stages of these languages, but one
> quickly becomes familiar with these libraries. Additionally, C/C++
> programmers who've reached the point of using the Autotools are
> probably already beyond the need for such intensive help with the
> standard library. Man pages usually serve well enough for basic
> needs here.
I totally agree, i always find IDEs awkward never really liked them. I
find any language from GCC collection or others like haskell python
etc. Are much simpler to work with using emacs/vim, and any help an
IDE may give you is only in the api lookup but i prefer manual lookup
because you end up learning the lang and api better and anything else
the ide just eats your memory and cpu.
> Since most Autotools-based projects are written in C/C++, it's
> unlikely that many programmers working on Autotools-based projects
> are using IDEs.
Definitely, i haven't seen any serious project that relies on IDE's
unless they are cross platform and talk about working it on windows
with msvc. But i have no idea how that works and don't really want to.
> I'm sure that as gcj and other GNU tools for Java become popular,
> more Java development will be done on Autotools-based projects. When
> that happens, I foresee enhanced desire within the Java freeware
> community for a well-conceived Eclipse plugin for Autotools projects.
There has been increased talk of GCJ on gcc-help so maybe thats possible.
> Just my humble opinion.
Well said ;)!

I argued this a lot with my old job to my project lead and co-workers
and ended up doing most of the work. They laughed at me writing my own
makefiles and said i was stupid, though they stole my work anyways. I
wasn't impressed. ;)

- --Phil

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