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While I wouldn't say all of that stuff is exactly common knowledge, most people brave enough to be around me when I'm in a geeky mood still know about a few things: that I love Python, that I love C, that I hate Oracle and anything it touches, that I hate Java (see previous statement) and that, having to use it at work, I'm really not fond of the Eclipse IDE.

(If none of what I just wrote makes any sense to you, please do not be alarmed, it's perfectly natural. Just smile, wave and cautiously back up until you're out of sight and earshot. I promise I won't take offense. :))

It may just be that my being prejudiced against anything Java weighs heavily on my dislike of Eclipse. The fact I use Eclipse on my admittedly under-powered work computer is also not helping. It may also be because I used to work with Visual Studio back at H&SK, and though it pains me to admit it, it's still one of my favorite IDEs for C/C++ to this day.

Honestly, if I wasn't too lazy to put some serious work into learning how to use vim properly, I'd probably not even need an IDE. Hell, until today, I was pretty happy using a mix of command-line, vim or kate to write Python.

A week ago, though, I got to see my old friend and colleague G. We talked a lot. He told me they still do a lot of Python at H&SK — even some Django, the lucky bastards — but apparently have moved away from Komodo IDE to... Eclipse. With the PyDev plugin. I shuddered at the news.

However, when G. himself tells me that something works fine and urges me to give it a try, I usually listen and do give it a try. I just installed Eclipse and PyDev this afternoon — Arch Linux made that a breeze. Then I cloned one of my pet Python projects in Eclipse and started playing around.

It was kind of underwhelming at first, and I'm still tinkering (I'm not sure I understood how import resolving works in PyDev yet) but I've been hacking away at that project for most of the afternoon, and having a convenient interface for launching unit tests (and seeing code coverage) as well as handy refactoring tools for the lazy yielded very encouraging results.

So I'll say it on record: you win this round, Eclipse. Fair and square. I spent an afternoon using you as opposed to fighting you, and the resulting progress I made on mudlogged made me happy.

I wish you worked as seamlessly at work as you just did at home, though.
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