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LinuxProgramming: Review: Simplicity Professional 1.2.1 Java RAD and IDE Tool

Sep 20, 2000, 17:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Foster-Johnson)

"Simplicity Professional provides an incredibly cool and an incredibly frustrating Integrated Development Environment and Rapid Application Development tool. Doing both at once is quite a feat. With most applications, it's quite easy to tell whether you like them or not. With Simplicity Professional, though, some parts really shine, but the product displays some quirks that make using it more difficult...."

"As an Integrated Development Environment, or IDE, the goal of Simplicity is to provide one centralized tool from which you can develop, compile, and test Java code, including servlets...."

"Long ago, IDEs were supposed to enable non-programmers to get into programming. For the most part, IDEs have failed at that goal. Instead, IDEs have succeeded at helping experienced developers who are comfortable with the IDE style of development do their work more quickly. A lot of this is a matter of personal style. Many prefer the command line to an IDE. For example, emacs and similar tools have also helped experienced developers do their work more quickly. So, it's important to align IDEs with developers who feel productive with the IDE style of development."

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