I was involved with a number of projects at Fisher Communications until last month. Including building a Plone system to be its news sites’ in-house CMS. Our development environment and technology stack were open-source, with only a couple exceptions.
When I worked on our technology roadmap, an early consideration was how to distribute quick (lightweight) intra-team updates. Virtually the entire development team would be within the same building; of those, virtually all would be within one office. The CMS project would eventually reach 10 heads in dev, QA, and operations; plus content creation and advertising traffic control. Other dev or page layout individuals would be on other activities. For all of this, we needed a way to inform each other about daily activities. Daily stand-ups are used for this in a typical XP or Scrum team. (To be fair, stand-ups are used in many different development methodologies, but XP and Scrum have greatly popularized them in the mainstream technical media.)
Based on cursory searching, this chestnut first appeared on the web in 2006. I just came across it. (I disagree with the Visual Studio curve, BTW.)
I’ve been using SPE as my Python editor for a couple of years. It takes an IDE approach to the user window and UX model. I liked it, and I even donated money to its support fund.
But I’ve been an Emacs guy since back in the day. I was never fond of Emacs’ Windows integration, so I fell out of the habit of using it during my Windows years.
I’ve now discovered Aquamacs. Baby, I’m home.