[Lazarus] The future of the Lazarus IDE

Florian Klämpfl florian at freepascal.org
Sun Nov 24 12:11:49 CET 2019

Am 24.11.19 um 11:54 schrieb Michael Van Canneyt via lazarus:
> The point is that Lazarus does not and cannot cover all aspects of a 
> typical
> larger project. 

No, but if I really need it, I can develop it easily myself because I 
know Object Pascal. Even simple things like adding support for 
Ctrl-Alt-Shift-I to add an internalerror number for the compiler (which 
took me maybe 15 min with lazarus) would be an endeavor of several days 
with VS Code for me. I wouldn't even know where to start.

> Editors like VS Code and Atom can, given the huge wealth of
> plugins that exist out there.

After the Firefox/Thunderbird plugin disaster, I try to ignore and never 
depend on any functionality provided by plugins. It could be gone with 
the next update/upgrade.

> If we had to set up a project today to copy functionality of all Atom or 
> VS Code plugins, I probably wouldn't live long enough to see that 
> project completed.

It doesn't help if VS Code even cannot do simple things right like 
zooming of the source code window or keyboard navigation in the menu.
> Lastly - but I don't know how much of an argument that is - young people 
> are
> used to sleek UIs as offered in VS Code or Atom.  The Lazarus IDE is 
> confusing to them: 

Yes, this fits in the overall picture: app developers are proud about 
features ("hey, my app can now copy&paste") real programs got in the 80ths.

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