If there is one thing that switching constantly between Notes client releases and Designer releases does, it is to give you an appreciation of the IBM development team working on these products. While it is wildly annoying using Designer 8.5 due to the speed issues, it is also apparent just how complex the task of integrating in Eclipse was. Switching to Designer 8.5.1 (beta) is wonderful, as it feels incredibly fast, and the effort involved deserves a huge round of applause. Adding new functionality at the cost of performance is one thing, but then keeping that functionality, and adding new functionality, and squeezing out the amazing performance gains that have been demonstrated - that is huge. Performance tuning isn't very sexy work, but it is essential to real users, and can make or break a product, and the IBM developers involved deserve a ton of credit.
(Yeah, it's a beta, but no way, no how, are they making it slower again for the gold release - I have confidence)
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