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5answers
502 views

What changes can I make to my IDE to minimize the effect of my dyslexia?

I program and I am dyslexic. My vision is excellent. I do poorly processing symbols and am a visual thinker. When I code, I'm slower than normal people because I am unpredictably unaware of the ...
6
votes
2answers
954 views

Are there any programming fonts with oldstyle figures?

I find that oldstyle (or text) figures are much easier to read in any context outside of simple assignment. Are there any low-ambiguity fonts, monospaced or proportional, that have text figures and ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Reasons for either 32-bit or 64-bit as development machine

I'm about to make a new Linux install, which will be primarily used for programming. I've seen benchmarks showing speed improvement of 64-bit version, however, I have hard time of telling how much ...
5
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4answers
347 views

Domain-aware code text editors [closed]

General text editors don't change greatly. Syntax highlighting and code collapsing are not big changes really. If an editor is structure or domain aware, this usually comes with a different layouts - ...
4
votes
4answers
446 views

How much time do you spend actually developing vs. infrastructure activites?

When I'm working I feel like most of the time I'm not doing actual work. For example after making a change to the code in order to test it, I have to first build the project, and start the server(say ...
4
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4answers
379 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 ...
4
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6answers
3k views

What advantages do simple text editors like TextMate have over Eclipse for Java development?

I'm torn which IDE to use. The power of eclipse or the simplicity of TextMate. I'm wondering which one has specific advantages over the other, productivity wise.
7
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1answer
182 views

Collocation in Code

Quite some time ago I remember reading an article from 'Joel on Software' that mentioned collocation of information in code was important. By collocation, I mean that relevant information about the ...
11
votes
3answers
873 views

Is Visual Studio just an IDE?

For Windows Development I mean. Looking over other questions there are alternatives to VS, but they seem to be web based ones, which is fine, or you could program an entire .net website in notepad, ...
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5answers
1k views

ReSharper's effect on coding interviews

Anyone who has used R# or CodeRush knows how fast you can put together simple constructs (and refactor complex ones) with a simple keyboard shortcut. However, do these productivity plugins cause a ...