An integrated development environment or IDE is a software suite that consolidates basic tools required to write and test software. IDEs are built to work with specific application platforms and remove barriers involved in the lifecycle of software development. Programmers and developers use numerous tools throughout software code creation, building, and testing. Development tools often include text editors, code libraries, compilers, and test platforms. Without an IDE, a developer must select, deploy, integrate and manage all of these tools separately. An IDE brings many of those development-related tools together as a single framework, application or service. The integrated toolset is designed to simplify software development and can identify and minimize coding mistakes and typos.
IDEs are for programming code to a specific platform or platforms, and have integrated features that know how the platform works and how to use the features of the platform through compiling code, debugging code or intelligently completing code automatically.
So, here are the IDE that works best for you. Below is a selection of the most popular choices to help you figure out which one to pick.
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Netbeans is a free and open-source IDE. Ideal for editing existing projects or starting from scratch, NetBeans boasts a simple drag-and-drop interface that comes with a myriad of convenient project templates. It is primarily used to develop Java applications, but you can download bundles that support other languages. Languages supported as C, C++, C++11, Fortran, HTML5, Java, PHP and more.
Visual Studio Code is a Microsoft branded source code editor under Microsoft Software License based on an open-source and free source code editor Microsoft vs code developed by Microsoft for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It is free and open-source, although the official download is under a proprietary license. It includes support for debugging, embedded Git control, syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, and code refactoring. It's also customizable, so, users can change the editor's theme, keyboard shortcuts, and preferences. Visual Studio Code is based on Electron, a framework which is used to deploy Node.js applications for the desktop running on the Blink layout engine.
Xcode is an IDE used to create Apple applications for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Xcode allows users to build their apps in several languages such as C, C++, Objective-C, Java, AppleScript, Python, Rez, Ruby, and Apple’s own Swift. The friendlier GUI tool Instruments has been implemented in Xcode to allow for creating code with brighter colors for variables, highlighting errors and provides error-fixing solutions. Xcode 10 stands out from competitors by giving data analysis during run-time. Xcode tracks CPU usage while the IDE is running, giving designers the ability to see how their code affects a unit. Even better for developers, Xcode collects crash logs from users to track issues during compilation.
Eclipse is famous for our Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE), but our C/C++ IDE and PHP IDE are pretty cool too. You can easily combine language support and other features into any of our default packages, and the Eclipse Marketplace allows for virtually unlimited customization and extension.
PyCharm is developed by the folks over at Jet Brains and provides users a free Community Edition, 30-day free trial for the Professional Edition, $213 - $690 for an annual subscription. Comprehensive code assistance and analysis make PyCharm the best IDE for Python programmers of all ability levels. PyCharm also supports other languages and works on multiple platforms, so practically anyone can use it.
CLion is a platform used to create programs in C and C++ that may be best for novices in the programming world. CLion comes with automatic headers and pre-written classes which can either save time or fix silly mistakes. Variables come in different colors so developers can easily find the variables they are looking for. Error messages are more comprehensive and offer code as a solution.
Code::Blocks is another popular free and open source option. It is a highly customizable IDE that performs consistently across all platforms, so it is great for developers who frequently switch between workspaces. The plug-in framework lets users tweak this IDE to meet their needs. Built around a plugin framework, Code::Blocks can be extended with plugins. Any kind of functionality can be added by installing/coding a plugin.
Atom allows for real-time collaboration and editing between teams with Teletype. This cross-platform IDE has built-in components such as auto-completion that help coders as they build their projects. For more fun, Atom comes built in with diagnostics to address errors and warnings.
Komodo IDE is an integrated development environment (IDE) for dynamic programming languages. It was introduced in May 2000. Many of Komodo’s features are derived from an embedded Python interpreter. It has an open-source counterpart known as Komodo edit. Both Komodo Edit and IDE support user customizing via plug-ins and macros. Komodo plugins are based on Mozilla Add-ons and extensions can be searched for, downloaded, configured, installed and updated from within the application.
The primary mission of RStudio is to build a sustainable open-source business that creates software for data science and statistical computing. You may have already heard of some of our work, such as the RStudio IDE, Rmarkdown, shiny, and many packages in the tidyverse. Our open source projects are supported by our commercial products that help teams of R users work together effectively, share computing resources, and publish their results to decision makers within the organization.
RubyMine is another premium IDE, developed by Jet Brains, that offers a 30-day free trial and costs $210 - 687 annually. As its name implies, RubyMine is a favorite among Ruby enthusiasts; however, this IDE supports other programming languages as well. Easy navigation, logical workflow organization, and compatibility with most platforms make RubyMine a workplace favorite.
DataGrip is a multi-engine database environment supporting Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, SQLite, HyperSQL, Apache Derby and H2. Targeting the specific needs of professional SQL developers, DataGrip makes working with databases an enjoyable and productive experience.
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