> > I can't imagine why anyone would want to edit their package files in the > workbench, when there is a superb package file editor built right in to > Mathematica!
well, one really good reason is the multiple Undo facility in the workbench as well as the interface to a versioning system. And the possibility to produce standard documentation as foreseen by Wolfram.
I personally like the code formatting in the workbench. And also I find it extremely convenient to use.
So, while I agree that the build-in code editor is very good as well, I still think for larger projects the Workbench is a good tool and easy to use.
Certainly, I have to live with some nuisances e.g. that the greek characters appera as \[Alpha] etc., but as far as I am concerned this is not a real problem.
I understand that the critisism of David Park points mainly to documentation creation, but that does not justify to call the whole system "ill-designed, neglected and shoddily implemented". I cannot see that.