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Quote of the year (so far)

Hats off to James Gosling for this corker about developers who insist on using Emacs for their developer needs in the face of better tools.

Hats off to James Gosling for this corker about developers who insist on using Emacs for their developer needs in the face of better tools.


Recently, Builder AU editor, Chris Duckett caught up with the founder of Java and one of the innovators in the Emacs scene. It seems Gosling isn't as nostalgic about Emacs as some who continue to use it day-to-day. Surely this will ruffle the feathers of some die hard Emacs fans:


"Ahhh, Emacs. It was a really good idea in like 1978. That's what? 30 years ago? Get over it guys. 30 years ago, that's like 15 cranks of Moore's Law at least, certainly you can do something with two to the fifteenth in CPU power. I certainly think you should give Netbeans a try. Having a real live semantic platform underneath you analysing every keystroke can do some pretty magical things. So, just get over it. You're not using a Teletype anymore....it's just dumb. Just stop."


Alright, we know he's pushing Sun's Netbeans, but you could substitute the quote with Eclipse and it would still hold true. You can watch the video of the quote at the end of this week's Club Builder.

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