Some platforms are more delicate than others. Once, in college, I ended up with a Scala installation that used a different version of Java than my version of Eclipse. It was a lot like trying to maintain a particularly aggressive aquarium. How do I keep these feisty little guys from trying to murder each other? Headaches like this are one reason I try to keep my dev environment as clean as possible with a stock installation of Ubuntu, a handful of programs, and precious few customizations. It makes it a little harder to foul up and a lot easier to nuke and pave with a fresh installation if needed. Recently, I've decided to embrace the logical conclusion to this method by avoiding installing any extra command line tools at all. No node, no javac, no competing for my
$PATH; just me, emacs, and docker.
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