In this thread you can post a speed comparison about any aspect of Arduino IDE that you want to talk about. We will move a couple of threads over to here.
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It's not just out of date, it's downright bad. Arduino IDE takes five minutes to launch on my computer. (I have actually timed this.) In that time, I can start Eclipse, compile and program an STM32, and then switch to SDCC/STVP and compile and program an STM8.
I just timed mine, IDE V1.6.5 on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. 3 seconds. Sounds like swordfish could do with a new computer.
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Hi there! I think your startup and other times depend both on the software, and the speed of your computer (processor speed, memory, disk type). So it makes sense to post those stats along with the 3 seconds and the version of windows that you use (which you've shared).
I think it would be especially interesting to know if you have an SSD. This is only a guess, as I'm also not sure what the breakdown between disk reads/memory/CPU would be, I haven't profiled it. My guess is that the Java runtime probably has a lot of separate files, disk IO may be a bottleneck. Posting all these stats would probably help other people trying to compare it. An SSD may also be the easiest/cheapest upgrade for some people who don't want to buy a new computer.
Another thought I had is that since the Arduino IDE depends on Java, a helpful point of comparison might be the speed of other java runtimes on the given computer, since the Arduino IDE can't really do anything about that. (Given its architecture, and given how cross-platform it is, porting it would...likely not be a high priority for the project.)
As another data point, I'll list the stats for me. Like other Java runtimes, it takes a few seconds to start up. I work on a Thinkpad x301, which is a very old computer (although it has a hardcore following - it's from 2008, but I got it used. Its big redeeming speed feature is having an SSD.) So, for me, with an SSD, and just a Core 2 duo processor at 1.4 GHz, and 4 GB of RAM (which the Arduino IDE by no means takes up), the latest Arduino IDE Arduino (1.6.10) takes 10 seconds to start up. (However, I do have a ton of other stuff open, so if I didn't have a lot of things open this might be lower.) By no means am I bothered working with the Arduino IDE on this computer.