Monday, 17 May 2010

I want YOU to describe your view of a C/C++ IDE!

As you may know, I'm conducting a Google Summer of Code project to improve the coding ergonomy of Eclipse CDT. The project is scheduled for over 2 months and I'd like to spend this time as productively as possible. I'd want to spend time on the features which would be the most appreciated by the C++ community. I'd like to know what features would you like to see in the new CDT and how you'd want them realized. Long story short: I really need the input from you!

So, if you are a C++ developer willing to give some suggestions, you are more welcome. Firstly, please think how much time you'd like to devote for me:

Less than 15 minutes?

On the wiki page of my project, there's a small set of questions. You can answer them (not necessarily all), add some random remarks and send it all to me. It's just a few minutes and it will really help me get a view on how people see CDT in the future.

More than 15 minutes?

I've put some effort to describe some ideas (both mine and found) on how to improve the CDT code editor. However, to many problems there are multiple solutions. People use the CDT for different purposes and in different ways, so I need to figure out a solution which - ideally - would suit everyone. That's why I need your feedback here very much.

It would be VERY helpful if you would check my list of ideas (those pages are meant to be discussion pages and along description they contain some open questions to everyone) and try to elaborate on how you'd want the improvement made. I'll be happy if some constructive discussions arise there!

Just a while?

It is both simple and useful to just have a quick browse through the ideas and rate the ideas according to their importance for you. It's very easy and fast! You just need to:
  • Log in to the wiki
  • Edit the "Rating" section on a given idea
  • Add a line in the form of:
2/5 --~~~~

Just substitute a number from 0/5 ("absolutely useless for me") to 5/5 ("that's exactly what CDT needs"). The 4 tildes will expand to your signature. That's just a few keystrokes and clicks, but very valuable information for me.

I'm really counting on you all!