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IDE's and speed

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I am a big fan of the the command line and keyboard shortcuts, however the one thing I've never managed to  do it move away from a graphical development environment. Eclipse, Visual Studio, Notepad++ and in the last few years QtCreator have all delivered exactly what I needed. However I always felt they might not help me work at my best, I always ran compiles via the command prompt and always had a strong grasp of scripting and the ability to reproduce my steps for a build machine.

Editors like vi and Emacs always seemed non-intuitive to me, holding legacy with keyboard sequences such as :w! always grated at me.

So for 2014 one of my new years resolutions will be to find the right text editor for me, starting with the one I use the most nano. I've found some cool syntax highlighting and I've just got to find function lookup or code completion to make it ideal.


One of my new years resolutions - done

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So one of this years New Years resolutions was to be an open source developer. As part of that I am spending time writing software, today I created a tool which I know I'll use myself:

Offline Sitemap generator:
https://github.com/PhilHannent/osmg

Its a small command line utility that allows me to create a sitemap file for my websites. Sitemaps files are used by search engines to know what pages they need to look at. With the advent of access to content delivery networks (CDN) such as Rackspaces Cloud files, it means I can quickly and cheaply use a distributed network of servers to deploy my websites.

If anybody wants installers, then let me know. It should run on Windows, Mac and Linux.