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Now, to answer on-topic:

"If you were providing an IDE to your customers, you'd immediately see the point of converging to Eclipse: you'd provide the couple of features that are specific to your business as a plug-in, and you'd get the remaining 99% of work about building, maintaining and extending a state-of-the-art IDE for free.

Designing and maintaining a language, with its compilers and tool set, is also a specialist's job, and an extremely time and skill consuming one. If you stick to your own in-house hack, it will take much more manpower, for a much poorer final product.

So, provide your couple of application-specific bits as Lua bindings, and you get all the rest, in a much better quality than what you currently pay for, for free. You'll also slash most of the future maintenance costs."