This is a direct discussion to Rob Harwood's latest post[/url] on his blog[/url]. I know this is somewhat offtopic, but the forums are slow going these days and we need something to heat up ;)
The whole point in Rob's post is about how much overhyped Eclipse is, and thankfully I have to agree with him. Maybe it's just EclipseCon going on, but in the last few weeks I've seen way too much Eclipse hype on the media. Anyone that has really used both IDEA and Eclipse knows how painful the latter is. Rob is also sure this will be so for a long time to come, and there's where we start to disagree.
Eclipse as a plug-in platform is really nice, it's just the IDE that sucks. It's a shack built over a very solid foundation. This could change, however. I have been following eclipse development for a while, and they seem to be progressing steadily (ok, it's easy to do that when you suck so much to start with), and this trend doesn't seems will be reversed any time soon. I can picture a very good looking house being built over the foundation. Maybe not in a few months, but in a couple more of years, maybe.
Alright, straight to the point... Eclipse plugin platform is it's hidden ace, the one thing that makes it move forward, and the one thing that keeps me checking on it now and then, and I would really love if IDEA had a more solid extension API. Even if Eclipse itself isn't the best development environment out there, there are already some nice Eclipse plugins out there that I would love to have something similar for IDEA. Spindle[/url] comes to my mind right now, but there are others.
I know I'm probably sounding like a broken record by now, but JetBrains should really reconsider how important third party integration and extension is. Documented OpenAPI anyone?