effect of editor/ide on javascript programming-style

Andy Earnshaw andyearnshaw at gmail.com
Fri Jun 28 18:49:22 UTC 2019

I would agree for Vim in its basic form but have successfully used vim, for
several years, with the Ctrl+P extension to quickly and efficiently get
around codebases with many files. It also has a buffer lookup for accessing
already open files, and other shortcuts like Ctrl+B/Ctrl+6 make switching
between 2 files for simultaneous editing a breeze, which I found invaluable
for writing tests alongside the main code.

Vim gets more productive the more you customise it, but that makes it
harder to use when you're on a different machine without those
customisations. Still, most of the time you'll take your config with you. I
would say that if you feel inefficient at doing something in Vim then it's
something you can work on.

On Fri, 28 Jun 2019, 19:30 kai zhu, <kaizhu256 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 3 frontend-devs is reasonable and maybe ideal -- but reality is most shops
> can only afford 1 frontend-dev.  i remain convinced 5 js-devs is around the
> practical limit for most products.  going over that magic-number, and
> people become confused about their areas-of-responsibility -- allowing
> mediocrity/siloing to flourish from lack of accountability.
> "scalable" javascript tooling/frameworks that allow large-scale
> collaboration are solutions-in-search-of-a-problem.  they should remain as
> in-house solutions for the unique problems faced by
> google/facebook/salesforce/etc, and are inappropriate/overengineered for
> general-purpose product-development.
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 12:58 PM Jordan Harband <ljharb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As much as I like vim, this seems like more of an argument against using
>> vim than anything for the language - also it's not "usually" just 1
>> frontend developer; altho that may be your experience. I often like to say
>> it's *never* just one - even if it's you, it's also "you in 6 months", and
>> that person is really annoyed with you.
>> As an anecdotal data point, my garage startup which had no funding had 3
>> JS devs working on our frontend. I would argue it's not very cost effective
>> to *under*invest in frontend dev, but obviously everyone has different
>> opinions on that - and it's not relevant to this discussion list.
>> On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 9:59 AM kai zhu <kaizhu256 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> adding a datapoint on effects of vim-editor on my javascript
>>> coding-style.  this is to expand on discussion of "JavaScript and Syntax
>>> Research Methods" in tc39-notes [1].
>>> vim has the following file-editing properties:
>>> 1. poor UX in opening new files
>>> 2. efficient content-search/jump/traversal of large files
>>> 3. can display the same file in multiple editing-windows
>>> because of above properties, i default to writing javascript
>>> applications as a single, large file (which may get broken up if it becomes
>>> "too" large, e.g. >10k sloc).  developing javascript-apps with a single
>>> js-file leads me to:
>>> 1. prefer reusing external-code by copy/pasting it into single-file
>>> rather than load it as commonjs/es-module
>>> 2. be selective about what external-code i want to copy/paste --
>>> generally only self-contained or "rolled-up" ones w/ minimal
>>> external-dependencies
>>> 3. general preference to write self-contained code that easy-to-reuse by
>>> copy/pasting into a new project [2].
>>> an argument against writing javascript-applications as a single,
>>> self-contained file, is that it leads to merge/commit conflicts when
>>> multiple devs are working on same file.  its valid ... except most
>>> javascript-products are developed by just 1-3 js-devs.  for the frontend,
>>> its usually just 1 developer.  the hype of making javascript "scalable" so
>>> you can have 20x people working on a product is just that -- hype.  there
>>> are very few real-world products where its cost-effective to have more than
>>> 5 js-devs working on it.
>>> [1] JavaScript and Syntax Research Methods
>>> https://github.com/rwaldron/tc39-notes/blob/7a4af23d/meetings/2019-06/june-6.md#javascript-and-syntax-research-methods
>>> [2] documentation of various [minimal-dependency] self-contained
>>> functions that can be copy/pasted
>>> https://kaizhu256.github.io/node-utility2/build..beta..travis-ci.org/apidoc.html
>>> screenshot of me vim-editing multiple locations of one, large
>>> javascript-file (each sub-window is a different location of the same file).
>>> [image: vim-editor-min.png]
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