Monday, October 29, 2007

I'm not such an Eclipse fan anymore...

Eclipse is driving me nuts. I have yet to get a semester where I've been happy with Simpson's development setup in our lab:
  • Fall 2006 - The computers had very little memory, making development in Eclipse near-impossible.
  • Spring 2007 - An eclipse bug caused the compiler to default to 1.4 compatibility. This required every project using 1.5 functionality to need the default options changed. Not fun with a group of first-time programmers.
  • Fall 2007 - When Eclipse needs to do any kind of intelli-sense type of thing, I can get long pauses of up to 20 seconds. It really breaks the 'flow' of development. The machines have a couple gig of ram, I don't know what Eclipse thinks it needs to chew on for that long.
  • Spring 2008 - Maybe I should teach my class vi instead?