in reply to Pretty Win9x Perl Editor/IDE?

Does anyone have any good statistics on whether or not IDE's actually help someone learn to code or not? It would seem to me, that if someone has the crutch of instant bug notification, syntax highlighting, etc, etc, they are less like to learn to code, and more likely to learn how to appease the IDE itself.

Anyone else have any ideas?

J. J. Horner
Linux, Perl, Apache, Stronghold, Unix
jhorner@knoxlug.org http://www.knoxlug.org/
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RE: (buzzcutbuddha: it depends.) - RE: (jjhorner)Pretty Win9x Perl Editor/IDE?
by buzzcutbuddha (Chaplain) on Aug 07, 2000 at 18:51 UTC
    I really think it depends on how the IDE operates and how you use it. I like color syntax highlighting, and auto-indenting, but other things, like auto-completion are an annoyance, and I ignore them.

    I think you can learn to code using an IDE, and for large projects, IDE's can be good because they sometimes include an RCS and/or a project management system, so they can be handy tools, but a lot of times I just drop into a text editor and work there rather than bother with the IDE.