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Re: Industry versus academia
direction, for sure. But I'm just pointing out that (a) it has been an
exciting research direction
for around thirty years already, and (b) it is still not something that
one can go out and buy.
That said, sure, it sounds great.
Dan: (a) may be true, but you are perhaps wrong about (b). You can buy
and build on such things today.
Absolutely. When I first looked at Eclipse last summer I was susprised
that there was no
Gnu Emacs plugin. Is there STILL no Gnu Emacs plugin? That's so weird
that it makes
me wonder whether there isn't some deeper reason, e.g. maybe the Eclipse
isn't quite as rosy as they'd have you believe? But I don't really know
anything much about it...
OTI -- the company that is now part of IBM that wrote most of
SWT/Eclipse base initially -- has (Lisp-like) NIH syndrome too :) (The
longest debates I've seen/read about/participated along those lines
have been to get that team abandon their ENVY code base and support
CVS. The fact that some IBM manager saw the light and made them do
this makes me hope that they will see the light wrt. Emacs too -- and
yes, I'm trying to make this happen thru official and unofficial
channels :) (vote for bug# 32589 on www.eclipse.org).