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cubiclesocial

Dual monitors are a must for any serious developer. File system(s), compilers, CLIs on the right monitor, web browser and editors on the left (not a hard and fast rule but that's what works best for me). Horizontal screen real-estate is always at a premium - vertical less so since we have scroll wheels on mice.

Then you probably won't need a window manager.

I prefer text editors that maximize screen real-estate (Crimson Editor, Notepad++, etc) and load instantly over bloated tools like VS Code that clutter the UI with a bunch of boxes/panels that shrink the coding area to the size of a postage stamp and the editor takes 15+ seconds to load. I usually have 5-10 open File Explorer windows on the right monitor pointed at various project directories that I can drag-and-drop files from onto the editor to open them. I don't need my text editors to try to do the same thing I get from built-in OS functionality.

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Austin Akers • Edited on

Sometimes it's best to keep your silly statements to yourself buddy @cubiclesocial :)

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Jacob Herrington (he/him)

It's interesting that you see VS Code slow or bloated.

As a Vim and emacs user, I don't find VS Code to be bloated or slow. It's not my preferred text editor, but it's very good.

Now, I don't like Visual Studio much, but that's a full-blown IDE. πŸ˜†

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cblte

Fully agree. I upgraded to two 32 plus laptop. That’s at least something I can work with. Really miss the three monitor Dev station at work. But in these days we need to work from
Home right.

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David Makogon • Edited on

@cubiclesocial - dual monitors are a must for someone who needs dual monitors and can afford both the space and the cost. Number of monitors doesn't define how serious a developer is. Imagine being space- or money-constrained, in a situation where a 2nd monitor won't fit the location or the budget. Imagine being stuck in a work-from-home situation where the at-home space is a small corner of a bedroom. Imagine enjoying working on only one monitor. One can still be quite serious with a single monitor.

As far as what you need from your text editor? Cool that you found an editor that works for you, just as @laurieontech found one that works for her. I see no need to throw shade on someone else's choices.

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