that’s not true, the title is just a clickbait. I don’t think it really needs to be dropped.
but in general I am convinced that good software must do one thing and do it well.
and the core business of defold is not being a code editor. therefore I think that defold, in addition to the basic editor (which already exists) should offer native integration with a real code editor.
I know the work of astrochili exists but it’s hackish. on windows you need to install bash and personally after using it for a couple of days I had to uninstall it because randomly vscode would start using huge amounts of memory and then becaming impossible to close.
that’s probably a good start, but I think it should be driven by the defold devs, not the goodwill of a user.
defold’s internal code editor is quite primitive, lacks features that are today considered normal in a code editor, and even with all the efforts, it will never be able to compete with vscode or similar
furthermore, by reducing the effort on the internal code editor, the development team could focus on more core aspects of the engine
tl;dr: a proprietary basic code editor is fine, but I think we need a native integration with a real code editor, like vscode. it’s basically what unity did years ago with visual studio.
p.s. the exposition is deliberately ‘bold’ to spark the discussion but the truth is that it’s obviously just a humble and naive opinion from someone who started playing with defold a few days ago. and I have to say that in general I really like defold and I continue to be amazed at how much everything is ‘how I wanted it to be’ in the tools I’ve used in the past.