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- Eclipse has a plethora of plugins & options (not my choice but YMMV; it's biased towards Java?).
- KDE's text editor Kate also has some plugins to make it a lightweight IDE.
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Contrary to you I dislike NetBeans C++ even before it was donated to Apache. The old C++ plugin is no longer developed now and even not yet contributed to Apache by Oracle. The hack Apache currently employs is just some sort of language server, maybe CCLS. It's incomplete, and the actual C++ plugin is still not yet there.I've been helping another team at work evaluate IDEs for C++ recently. The 3 they started looking at were Qt Creator, vscode and NetBeans (that's my influence, lots of Sun baggage). IMO they are all much of a muchness GUI wise, pretty similar in terms of features. I find NetBeans better for navigation, but Qt Creator better for searching code. At work we have a large code base (many millions of lines of code). How the IDE copes with that is, for me, the main issue.
- RAM. Particularly Java based IDEs can consume many 10s of Gbytes when loading a large project, which can make them very unwieldy.
- "Code Model" This is _the_ big thing, and the USP for this kind of environment. The code model is what will allow the IDE to do smart navigation - jumping between definition/declaration/uses, refactoring, opening headers etc etc. Sadly there is an infinite number of bad build systems. And the IDE needs to grok the build system in order to build an impeccable code model - it needs to know all of the include paths and compilation macros.
My advice is to try a few IDEs and see which one works best with your project(s).
If you ware working on an open source project then JetBrains does offer licenses for CLion. The conditions seem fairly stringent.
Sorry what? I am unsure what part of this is "cool". Feel free to lurk the internet for other identical stories, mine is far from original. I remember seeing some other guy on reddit about when W10 came out who had a 3D rendering or something and lost lots and lots of money because Windows 10 "had to update" despite them disabling everything Windows 10.This is frankly not very convincing. I mean, uninterruptible calculations in Visual Studio? Definitely "cool story" tier.
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