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Hello all,

I have always watched people comare using IDE's over straight text editing and 
they end up only ever comparing the editing ability of IDEs. I guess that is 
because that is about as much as the two have in common. What I think people 
avoid discussing is how much benefit a decent IDE can provide. I'm talking 
about things like:
- - built in debugger
- - built in unit testing which lets you jump to the failed line when a test 
fails
- - built in source control
- - built in refactorings - even simple things like rename method and having 
that propagated throughout your code base is a _huge_ help IMHO.

I find through using some sort of class browser it also helps me keep a better 
view of the overall object model because navigating within hierarchies is 
just easier (assuming you do one class per file).

Sure I love the editing power of ViM, but I find that the productivity I can 
get out of using a decent IDE like eclipse or IDEA outweighs the power of the 
editor. Now if someone could just write ViM bindings for eclipse I'd be 
pretty happy :)

What do you guys think? I don't want this to be an editors suck, or IDEs suck 
debate - rather, I'm curious how people that have used both IDEs and straight 
text editors decided on one or the other. What where the show stoppers? 

I've listed what I think the showstoppers are for me above. I like it all in 
one tool so I can spend more time solving the problem and keeping my flow 
well ummm..flowing :)

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Signed,
Holden Glova
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