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Subject: Re: [boost] IDE for developing Boost
From: Nick Edmonds (ngedmond_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-09-07 11:59:59

On Sep 6, 2012, at 1:03 AM, Jens Müller wrote:

> Hi,
> I am looking for recommendations for developing Boost, especially code in the graph library.
> At work, most developers (not for Boost, for some commercial software), most developers are using Eclipse. This works quite fine as soon as it has properly auto-discovered include paths etc.
> But before fiddling around with Eclipse to get all the settings right, I'd wanted to to ask for your recommendations. And maybe there are already settings available to make it "just work", at least initially.

I spend a good chunk of my day hacking the parallel version of the graph library and have never managed to set up an IDE to work any better than Emacs. I had auto-completion working for a while years ago but when I broke it somewhere along the line I found I didn't miss it. I think the only feature I would actually find useful is if an IDE could automagically determine the proper namespace for function calls if they're not in the current namespace(s) and warn me, but errors of that form only take a couple seconds to fix so I never put any effort into it.

The only language I've tried using a "real" IDE for is Java, and writing Java code makes me want to shoot myself in the face anyway so it's unlikely an IDE will change that.

When it comes to Boost I don't think all the fancy IDE tools in the world proxy for familiarity with the libraries.


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