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Re: What a modern collaboration toolkit looks like

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: What a modern collaboration toolkit looks like
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 10:45:20 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.15+20070412 (2007-04-11)

Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden>:
> My feeling is that better tools would make a substantial difference -
> perhaps 25% better productivity for me - but nothing like an order of
> magnitude.

This one is hard for me to evaluate, because Wesnoth is my only C++ 
project -- more usually I work in Python and C, and my stuff here is Lisp
(I was active in the Emacs C core once, but that was long ago).  

That said, I think your 25% guess is about right as far as lines of
code goes.  But that wouldn't measure the whole gain -- because with
better tools, my coding effort is quite a bit more likely to be
directed appropriately.

(This is the particular reason bug trackers are really important.)

> Miles, why aren't we all switching to arch?  Would it be appropriate for
> Emacs now?

Please not Arch.  I just learned it; brilliant ideas, but its
interface should be be outlawed under the Geneva convention as a form
of torture.
                <a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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