| ||Ask HN: Why is programming editing text?|
89 points by thepete2 63 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 77 comments |
|What you care about as a programmer is what your code does, right? Basically whatever the compiler has after lexical analysis (except for comments maybe).|
So why do we bother with all that coding style stuff if we could make an IDE that edits the program itself instead of text? (I get that text is a universal format, but that doesn't mean we have to edit it directly.)
Instead of editing text you could choose to "declare a function", "rename this identifier" or "call function x with y and z arguments" and then save it with some coding style.
Is there such an IDE? I know what I'm describing is pretty much visual programming, but I mean for "text" languages.
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