|RE: [eclipse-dev] Major data-destroying usability bugs|
Dan and everybody else, I know I'm being naughty for continuing this discussion, but I've been a good (and quiet) boy since I started lurking here in January, so I hope I'll be excused for adding an opinion. I'll try to keep it brief. Maybe I'm just careful, but in the past 5 years as a pro developer working mostly in Windows, I've maybe done 5 recoveries from the trashcan. My personal opinion (please take this tongue-in-cheek) is that Windows' trashcan is for wusses, err, end users. It gives them a nice warm feeling and the ability to undo the typical newbie blunders but I feel better trusting in my own paranoia about deletions than in the trashcan. As for "real" developers, maybe Windows and the Trashcan have managed to make them complacent about file deletions; I think they're in for a shock if they move to Linux or *ix. If I want a good warm feeling about the safety of my files, then the first thing I do when starting a project is to throw it into CVS. Once my files are committed, I can delete to my heart's content and in great safety. Best of all, the CVS repository is usually on a different machine, so I have the added safety of my data being on a separate disk -- even a disk crash holds little terror. Also, I would never entrust "real" important work to a new tool, but take a day or two just playing around with it. That way, I could destroy my whole project a few times in learning and think nothing of it. Only after doing this would I consider moving a substantial project there. Call me inefficient, but I would *plan* to waste a day's work or two on exploring and learning, so the loss of half a day would not have fazed me. All this sounds like an attack on Dan's work style, but believe me, it's not. Everybody has their own style, influenced by their environment and their experience; and surprisingly enough, people with vastly different styles end up being equally productive. So as they say, Your Mileage May Vary. I've just described my personal style and why I would not have been bitten as hard by the annoyance and frustration that Dan's mail showed. That said, I agree both with his statement that Eclipse is a very fine product, and that a few things could still be done to make it even better. In fact, I think his usability complaints/suggestions were right on the money. Thanks, everyone, for the great work, and please keep it up! -Carl- ==== All opinions expressed above are my own, not my company's.
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