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20answers
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Is a company order to switch to a certain IDE a red flag?

I recently joined a rapidly growing startup. In the past 3 months the development team has grown from 4 to 12. Until now they were very laissez-faire about what developers used to do their work. In ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

Is something like coderunner possible on PC? [closed]

I'd give my firstborn's left arm for something like this http://krillapps.com/coderunner/ Yes, I know, executing unknown code may be hazardous to your health, but I'm quite capable of reading some ...
4
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7answers
2k views

Efficient coding in Visual Studio (or another IDE), with touch typing

Moving the cursor to another position in code is one of the most frequent actions when coding. I don't write my programs from the beginning to the end, like a letter. However, moving the cursor ...
4
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4answers
380 views

How much time should I devote to my toolchain?

I'm a bit of a tool nut and I'll often spend as many as 6-8 hours a week finding new tools, improving my existing tools by writing plugins or adapters or playing around with new tools to see if I like ...
10
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8answers
431 views

How can current IDEs improve the development experience? What secondary tools should be primary?

A modern IDE wouldn't be taken seriously if it didn't have a good editor with syntax highlighting, comprehensive warnings, and a source-level debugger. And there are many more tools/IDE features that ...
7
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5answers
523 views

Is anybody using graphical tools for doing software development? [closed]

Is anybody out there using graphical tools for doing software development instead of (or in addition to) writing code? Yahoo! Pipes would be a simple example. People have been talking about ...