As part of the economic stimulus package, the government has instituted a Cash for Clunkers program that pays people to trade in older, less fuel-efficient cars for new, more fuel-efficient ones. $1 billion was made available for this program, and it was quickly used up. So, Congress is debating allocating even more money. While the government is in such a giving mood, I’d like to see a Cash for Clunky Editors program that pays people to trade in their current, less effective editor on a new, more powerful editor.

In terms of economic stimulus, this could have a much greater effect on the nation. Consider that many programmers use minimalist editors that provide little help to analyze and navigate their code, don’t include powerful completions, or features to cut the number of keystrokes necessary to type their code. If these programmers switched to a more powerful editor, like…oh, let’s say, SlickEdit…their productivity would go way up.

As the productivity of the individual programmers goes up, their projects would get done earlier or include more capabilities. This increases the productivity of the people using that software, which would then increase the profitability of those companies. Since software underlies almost every industry, this could lead to a potential boom, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the post-WWII expansion. Suddenly, there’s a surge in the US GDP. We pay off the national debt in a few years and have money left over for a comprehensive public health care system.

And it all begins with getting people to switch to a more effective editor.

Unfortunately, SlickEdit isn’t big enough to warrant a special government program like this. We’re not one of those too-big-to-fail kind of companies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience your own little economic stimulus.

Look at your coding practices and see if a more powerful editor wouldn’t help you write more code faster with fewer errors. Though the government won’t pay you for switching, the boost in productivity surely will.

SlickEdit is Giving Cash for your Clunky Editor!
Cash for Clunky Editors Program:

If the editor you purchased is lacking the speed, power, and flexibility SlickEdit provides…trade it in for CASH towards SlickEdit.  Call 1-800-934-EDIT (3348) or email, and mention the Cash for Clunky Editors Program to learn about the savings.

The program expires on September 30th, 2009, so act quickly.

Happy coding,
The SlickEdit Team