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Re: [xml-dev] [SPAM?] [xml-dev] in which I surrender a 15-year-old argument (transforming the Web)

> I think if I was employing someone to write code for me, and I caught them using something like that, I'd check their contract to see if I could fire them.  I occasionally use code snippets from places like Stack Overflow (wonderful place), but I do so, myself, by re-typing the stuff into the editor, from the screen, to ensure that I understand and internalise what every part of the example is doing, so I don't have to do this a second time.  That's maybe a little extreme, and cutting-and-pasting would probably be reasonable in most cases; but if a code-monkey is doing this so often that it's worth their while installing an extension like this, then that's evidence they're simply not competent with the language they're writing, and that what they're writing is probably rubbish (in ways that have been mentioned on this thread already).

Having said that, the ability of IntelliJ to guess what code I want to write and do the job for me is quite remarkable. I reckon that of the characters in the Java code I write, perhaps 75% of them are written by IntelliJ and only 25% by me. It says a lot about the redundancy and verbosity in the Java language. But I still feel I'm in control!

Michael Kay

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