The first thing I noticed was the lack of code formatting. I don’t know about you but I really don’t want to spend my days worrying about indentation levels, bracket positioning, and spacing when the IDE can do it all for me. When you’re used to having this done automatically you really become cognizant of what a huge time sink code formatting really is when you have to do it manually.
Another productivity blocker came from the lack of any automated commenting. When I need to comment out a block of code in Visual Studio it’s Ctrl + E, Ctrl + C (uncomment: Ctrl + E, Ctrl + U) but when I looked for a button or menu item in Eclipse to do the same thing I came up empty handed. Manually commenting each line or navigating to the start and end of the block to insert the comment symbols is a tedious waste of time. On a related note, many of the convenient shortcuts I’m used to such as cutting an entire line just by moving the cursor to that line just weren’t available.
Adding a Reference to jQuery
/// <reference path="jQuery-1.4.2.min.js" />
- Press Ctrl + Shift + J to force IntelliSense to refresh.