> How much real development (I don't mean archiving) do we do> today on systems without appropriate tools? Very little. The issue> isn't trying to develop on systems without appropriate tools, it's> developers that won't use tools that help them work.
One class of people: end users.
Usually, end users don't need to have an IDE, they just use (not write)
software without a care in the world. Occasionally, they need to edit
something (it happens to everyone at some time), and they need to break
out a text editor. Usually this is an INI file, but there are scenarios
with applications that ship with an interpreter (Freedom Force) that
allow people to change them.
Really the ultimate question is whether we (computer scientists,
engineers, or anyone who programs) want to limit programming to those
with an IDE? I think doing so is wasteful, and requires people who want
to do minor editing to deal with learning a new application, just to
edit some minor sources.
Personally, I find most standard IDEs to be bloated pieces of shit.
When did it become reasonable to need 100+ megs to edit source code?