Good tools are essential for developer productivity. Imagine how tough it would be to write code in an editor that didn’t have any of the features we use on a daily basis - syntax highlighting, smart spacing, shortcut keys, auto completion, etc. It takes time to get used to all the tools available but once we’re familiar with them we’re orders of magnitude more productive.
I’m learning Scala which seems to combine the flexibility and expressiveness of Python with the safety and performance of Java. So far I’m cautiously optimistic but we’ll see where I am in a month.