Ok, those of you who follow my website know that I am continually trying new IDE's and technologies to try to be better and more efficient at what I do. Several months ago I decided I would give VIM a try. I have used VIM exclusively for 3 projects (now working on my fourth). And I got annoyed at VIM because I'm a horrible typist and accidentally hit the wrong keys some times, so I decided I'd give eclipse another go around.
I installed, configured and started using Eclipse (and Netbeans)... and wow the contrast is now very clear. After having used Vim for a number of months, I can say that Vim is the clear powerhouse for programing. Both Eclipse and Netbeans felt handicap and anemic in comparison. Eclipse kept trying to auto complete (very poorly I might ad) and popping up helper windows all over my screen while I was trying to type... Eclipse did not support auto generation of PHPdoc tags (something I use heavily in Vim).
Switching from Vim to Eclipse or Netbeans felt like going from a V10 Sports car with twin turbo chargers to an economy car from the 80's. So, I rapidly gave up the spiffy "gui" for the much faster and far more useful Vim. If you have never used Vim, be aware the learning curve is a bit steep, but Wow, it is worth it and so much better than any of the other PHP IDE's I've seen on the market. (you can use gVim too.)
Written by Matthew Craig on Tuesday 6th of September 2011 05:41:28 PM
- Tags: Vim, gVim, PHP IDE, Netbeans, Eclipse
- Description: This is a quick blog post about switching back to eclipse.