I'm a senior programmer in my company. Programming computers since 1976.
My first "good" program was an assembler game "panzer" on an Apple ][e.
In my free time I'm mining. A youngster in my company showed me how to install Java and Eclipse.
I think Forge is a fantastic project. The guys from Forge really know what they do. I messed around with MCP and Eclipse until I found that Forge already installs everything to my hearts content - I only have to use it! No problem to have multiple Forge versions for different Minecraft versions. I think I will update my mods always asap.
If nothing crucial changes in the main code and a fitting Forge version is out there is no problem to release recompiled versions of my mods.
But - I'm just starting to mod now...
There's still a lot to be learned.
Minecraft modding, Minecraft, Master of Orion II.
Am too old and too slow for fast 3D games.