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Yes. I hated it in the beginning, but it was so nice later on to be able to work together, share tools, share build scripts, to know my stuff would work on their stuff and to concentrate on the real issues.

Can you explain the situation and original environment a little more?

Those haven't been problems for the teams I've been on, and we've always been "every man for himself" when it comes to dev environment. As long as code follows the style guide, passes tests and gets through a code review, nobody cares about the dev's environment. Did you try that and it didn't work? What led to management mandating conformity?

I don't know what led to the decision. The CEO had already built a very successful company on the same principles. The company where I worked had these same principles from day one. This also happened to be a start-up and not a megacorp. This was not in an anglophone country, so norms differ. I am from England for the record. Out of all of the companies where I have worked, this has been the most successful, and became successful the quickest. The IDE was IntelliJ-based.

I have never before or since worked at a company that allowed "every man for himself" while managing to enforce the discipline required to maintain a uniform style guide, tests always passing and code review. It was nice to go over to a colleague's computer and see exactly the same code as I see on my own, and in the same environment. Everyone used the same debugger interface and same unit test interface, because everyone used the same IDE. They become more natural to use. People were able to refactor easily and maintain consistent naming standards, which is more difficult in Emacs, and especially in vim.

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