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Working with an IDE is important experience. However, speaking as someone who tutors CS students, there's a lot that people can miss about what they're doing when they have only ever worked in Eclipse.

There's something enlightening and empowering about tangibly having a specific file that you wrote, applying a compiler to it to produce an executable, and then invoking it yourself. It gives a better sense of ownership of the process that people don't always feel when they load a project into and IDE and fill in lines of code until the play button stops telling them what they did is wrong.




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