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It's 2012 Why Does My IDE Suck?

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 14:16:20 -0400

I hoped to do some quick hacking on a small side project at work today.  An
ORM for C (see below).

So far all I have done is piss away my time trying to get an IDE to work with
C.  Intellij Idea's 3rd party plugin for C is completely broken -
http://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/IDEA-86304

Next I tried Eclipse.  Which picks up my KDE theme, which is light on dark.
Only it doesn't change the text colours correctly.  So I get black text on a
dark background.

I dealt with this before - created an Eclipse theme -
http://www.eclipsecolorthemes.org/?view=theme&id=5095 - but to install that I
first need to install the package that implements themes.  So I do that.  And
now I can see my code.

Hoping to simplify builds (compared to autoconf) I decide to try CMake.  Which
has an Eclipse plugin.  So I install that.  And it's showing black text on a
dark background.  So I find that it's configurable via a dozen different
dialogues (one for each colour used).

And I get that working, I think.  And it seems to generate a Makefile.  So I
look at that AND IT'S FUCKING BLACK TEXT ON A DARK BACKGROUND AGAIN.

Maybe I should go back to emacs.  Only I've tried that before and it takes
ages to configure into anything half as useful...

Andrew

PS The ORM for C is sketched here -
http://isti.bitbucket.org/2012/05/16/orm-for-c.html

Re: It's 2012 Why Does My IDE Suck?

From: Tyler Hardin <th020394@...>

Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2012 10:41:32 -0500

I don't know if you're purposely trying only Java centric IDEs or not; if
not, try Geany or CodeBlocks if non KDE is not an issue or Kate if it is.
Geany is a GTK based IDE that's very language agnostic in terms of build
method (you can configure it to run arbitrary commands, such as cmake or
make, at the push of a button). It's based on the Scintilla editor, so you
get good syntax highlighting.

CodeBlocks is my old favorite. It has it's own built-in build method or can
be configured to use a make script. It's specifically geared for C/C++,
with some code completion and symbol browsing.

I'm sure you've heard of it, but maybe haven't tried it, but Kate is about
the best IDE for anything I've found that's based on KDE.

Re: It's 2012 Why Does My IDE Suck?

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:39:29 -0300

I need an IDE that supports Java, C, and Python (and preferably also the odd
obscure thing I play with).  I'll have a look at what you suggest, but I
solved the issues described in this post by switching back to a "standard"
colour scheme (dark on light).

Although after doing that, Idea's Intellij stopped supporting C/C++ so I use
Eclipse for that.  Which is another reason to look at some alternatives.

Thanks,
Andrew

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