How do you guys do your work in Elixir on everyday basis, in production, on commercial job, for a long time (years)?
(Sorry for huge text, I just want to describe context properly.)
I’m thinking to move from Java to Elixir and currently I’m stuck because Java IDEs looks much more developed and practical. Which makes me really sad because Elixir seems to have much better language design and practices overall. In my experience, proper tooling is one of the most (if not the most) important feature which a language has to provide to be practical. And IDE is the most important of tools because it basically defines your productivity in long-term work.
There is Intellij plugin. I believe it’s biggest problem is the same as some other Jetbrain IDEs: it has own grammar parser. I’ve faced it already with Typescript: Intellij support was terrible until they moved to language server, and even now it is buggy and much less stable than VS Code for example. Based on Github issues and my own experience, the plugin suffers from same problems.
Looks like there are no more IDEs - the rest is text editors. They do not understand the language they edit, so a lot of productivity is missing. Simple example: imagine you decided to rename a named function after a couple of years. In stupid old Java with Intellij you do it in a second. With text editor you are stuck with plain text replacement because your editor does not know what a named function is and how to look for it’s usages properly. So you will introduce errors just with simple renaming. That’s why I don’t look at text editors as a long-term tools: they just do the job worse than IDE.
So, I wonder how big projects in Elixir are done from everyday work perspective and how I should be doing it.
Another question which bothers me: why Elixir creators does not provide or support an IDE themselves? This look to be essential for success of a practical language.