Sometimes I wonder if Emacs and Vi would be so appreciated if they were commercial as well, without any FOSS version available.
Strange logic: if everyone followed that train of thought, we'd all settle for whatever quality tools are available so long as the price is $0. I'd much rather pay for a valuable tool than use a subpar free tool.
To expand, sublime is still by far my favorite TEXT editor. I just don't find doing everyday text editing tasks in VSCode to be pleasant at all, its an amazing IDE though!. Atom is much better for the task but the responsiveness and large file handling capabilities of sublime makes it the clear winner. If you already paid the $70 for a licence back when atom didn't exist anyways...
Regardless of their quality, because the actual IT generation wants to earn money with tools they got for free (beer), while other professions people do pay for their tools.
You seem to feel strongly enough about this to repeat it nearly word-for-word in multiple comments. Trust me, every profession wants to pay less for its tools. And no one, in IT or out, is choosing their tools "regardless of quality".
This is why most companies selling such software tools have switched their basic versions from "trial during X days/trial license" to free (beer), while trying to seduce developers to eventually pay for the full version.
Are you working on a project that makes money? Will a productivity tool increase your productivity by half a percent? Then that tool is worth hundreds of dollars. If not thousands.
I am talking about IT being one of the few professions in 2016, with individuals that expect to earn money while using tools produced with the effort of others for free (beer), while not giving anything back (not even bug reports, unless their own customers press them against the wall).
So the question isn't about the quality, rather how many Emacs and vi users would have actually payed for them, if they were only available as commercial software?
Would those shit loads of plugins exist if people had to pay for them?
Main part of pycharm is free and open source: https://blog.jetbrains.com/pycharm/2013/10/pycharm-3-0-commu... .
> Sometimes I wonder if Emacs and Vi would be so appreciated if they were commercial as well, without any FOSS version available.
One reason for multitude of emacs extensions is the open source nature. Average IntelliJ user is less likely to write extension than emacs user.
For example, why must I click ok after pushing a change to a remote git server? Shouldn't it be a toast?
It's pretty sad that VS Code doesn't give you much that VS6 couldn't do back in the day (except slower and less stable).
Also, I think your memory is playing tricks on you. I've experienced more the my fair share of crashes in VS6.