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Old habits

Posted by daniel on February 4, 2005 at 4:54 AM PST

Keyboard shortcuts lead to lock-in

Once you get used to keyboard shortcuts, it can feel awkward to
switch. In href="">IDE
lockdown - give my Java back, Kirill Grouchnikov compares the
keyboard combinations he uses most in today's href=""> Weblogs . He suggests "
Maybe we need a JSR for the key bindings. I won't even go into
creating my own keymaps or choosing one of the predefined keymaps that
simulate the rival IDEs. If they are there, why won't you just stick
with them? The people will not choose the IDE because of the keymaps,
they will only be more than happy to know that they can revert to your
IDE without the need to learn new keymap set."

Tim Boudreau blogs about his cross country trip in href="">NetBeans
on the Road. He makes an interesting, and to me surprising point,
about developers not working on J2ME apps because of the
complexity. As he tells it, he asked an audience of around one hundred
people " 'How many of you have ever developed a J2ME app?' Three
people raised their hands. 'Okay, how many of you would try it if it
were really easy?' Everybody raised their hands." He says that the
NetBeans Mobility Pack makes developing J2ME apps easy.

In Also
in Java Today
, we feature Oliver Steele's article on href=""> The IDE Divide
as it sparked Kirill Grouchnikov's response, Steele begins his essay
with "The developer world is divided into two camps. Language mavens
wax rhapsodic about the power of higher-level programming