Nicholas Leippe nick at
Tue Feb 13 11:45:21 MST 2007

On Tuesday 13 February 2007 11:37, Bryan Sant wrote:
> On 2/13/07, Levi Pearson <levi at> wrote:
> >  Advanced IDEs these days are only an incremental improvement over IDE
> > technology that existed for years in the advanced Smalltalk and Lisp
> > environments of 15-20 years ago.  Granted, those environments were
> Woooooo.  The IDE features that exist today in Eclipse and IntelliJ
> are far more advanced than the IDE's of yesteryear.  If you're
> thinking, "Hey, I've used Microsoft Visual Studio.  I know what IDE's
> have to offer."  You are dead wrong.  Likewise if you've used Borland
> Turbo C++ or the like.  There is no comparison between prior IDEs and
> the modern Java IDEs.
> I suppose you could say that IDE improvements have been only
> incremental, and I'd say that language features in modern languages
> have been only incremental.

I think Levi is referring to the power of REPL and all correlated goodness. 
REPL in your OS? Wish we could get back to that.

More information about the PLUG mailing list