Saturday, December 22, 2007

Eclipse... now it runs ok, but...

Yes, with heaps of RAM and a ulimit higher than 90% of the apps I execute, eclipse runs up... Don't get me wrong, it can have 2gb of RAM if it wants, if it works well...

The emacs bindings will leave you in despair. Some bindings that an emacs user expects to exist at a fundamental level are C-x C-b which almost happens. But you are left with a dropdown of buffer names and the most recent non active buffer is not highlighted by default.

Cap SenSitive search and replace seems to be coming in 2008. And although you can start an incremental search with C-s without a dialog hitting C-s C-w C-w will not grab a nice chunk of identifier to isearch-forward with. The s-and-w key being so close one quickly gets into the habit of that for isearching. The search and replace bug makes me wonder how folks actually use eclipse to edit code, though I guess you don't miss what you didn't have.

So ye olde emacs will likely live on for another 2-5 years as my C++ editor of choice. Either that or somebody will drop enough cash to actually get eclipse-emacs working to some retro level that can be somewhat tolerated. I guess emacs users are not in the target demographic of eclipse anyway.

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