So what is an IDE?
An integrated development environment (IDE) is software to build applications. It provides tools for software development. An IDE consists of a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger. The user writes and edits source code in the code editor. The compiler translates the source code into a readable language that is executable for a computer. After that, the debugger tests the software to solve any issues or errors. IDE has features like syntax highlighting and autocomplete. Some IDEs are open source while some are commercial. So it improves the productivity of software developers.
The different types of IDE’s are-
- Cloud-based IDEs
- Web based IDEs
- Language-specific IDE
- Multi-language IDEs
- Mobile development IDEs
- Apple/Microsoft specific IDEs
Which are the best IDEs to use?
1. Microsoft Visual Studio
Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE is available on both Windows and Mac versions for use on either type of machine. It is a full-featured IDE for creating all types of programs ranging from web applications to mobile apps to video games. It is used for web and cloud development, desktop and mobile applications, game development with Unity. Also it has other tool sets for Linux development with C++, data science and analytical applications.
NetBeans is a free open source IDE which boasts a robust community of users and developers worldwide. It helps to create and edit projects conveniently by its drag-and-drop interface. It is primarily used for GUI or Java based applications. But other programming languages can be added by installing additional modules.
Eclipse is a free open source editor useful for developers. It has a wide range of capabilities due to various plugins and extensions. Eclipse is a multi-language IDE and has wide range of development frameworks. It consists of Desktop IDEs, Cloud IDEs and other IDE platforms.
4. IntelliJ IDEA
IntelliJ IDEA is written in Java for developing computer software. It has a robust development environment and has a wide functionality. In addition, it provides extended coding assistance for Spring, Java, Grails, Play, Android, GWT, Vaadin, Thymeleaf, React, AngularJS, etc.
PyCharm is a Python IDE for professional developers. It supports other languages and works on multiple platforms. PyCharm Professional Edition has more features than community edition. It supports web development with Django.
Code::Blocks is another popular free and open source software. It performs consistently across all platforms. Code::Blocks is great for those developers who frequently switch between work-spaces. It supports three languages and is a great tool for beginners but not for advanced developers.
Languages supported are C, C++ and Fortran.
Komodo IDE is widely used for web and mobile app development. It has an open-source counterpart called Komodo Edit. Also Komodo is good for dynamic programming languages which use the Mozilla and Scintilla code base. It also supports various platforms and languages.
Languages supported are Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby, SQL, Smarty, CSS, HTML, Tcl and XML.
Here is a chart of the above IDEs and few famous programming languages. Therefore it will help you to choose IDE by looking its supporting languages from the below list:
Best IDE for programming?
The best IDE for you depends on your OS, programming language you are using and which platforms you wish to develop for. Your options are practically limitless. So it will be helpful to make a list of your preferences and then searching for the IDE that most closely matches your needs. While every developer has their favorite software, don’t be afraid to branch out as the world of IDEs is always expanding.
So these were some of the top IDEs for programming which most of the programmers use. Each is popular for it’s features and uniquenesss. Tell us which IDE you are currently using. And also share it with your programming buddies and friends. If you have any doubt regarding these blogs then contact us or mention in the comment section. And for daily updates follow us on instagram.
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