Integrated Development Environment(IDE)
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Although almost all of us know what the term IDE stands for, I will anyway go ahead and mention the customary full form of this abbreviation. An IDE is short for Integrated Development Environment. It is a tool that contains all components which are needed for the development of an application or software. It makes the task of a software developer easy by reducing the time and effort spent in the whole process of software development, thus increasing programmer productivity.
IDE generally consists of a source code editor, a debugger and build tools, which help in automating various tasks like compiling, linking and code packaging. Some IDEs also have features that help the developer in prediction of the commands that they want to use. For example, in console applications the prediction shows the lists of commands once the developer starts typing the initials. These features help in reducing typing mistakes and also help in saving time. This feature is commonly known as intelligent code completion.
Benefits of Using an IDE for A Software Developer
IDE can be a software on its own with a single file or it can be part of an integrated system. IDE is designed in such a way that a developer need not spend time on integrating different components required for a complete application. The tool provides all features such as compiling and interpreting the code, executing it, automated building of the application, code packaging, running test cases, deployment, etc.
There are different kinds of IDEs such as Eclipse, NetBeans, SharpDevelop, Intellij, etc. These comprise of an interpreter/compiler or both. Modern IDEs also support object-oriented programming, class hierarchy, and many more. These features collectively save coders time as all the processes are performed using a single tool. So, an individual can save a lot of time and spend most of it on the actual task, that’s coding.
Next Comes the Question – Which One to Use???
Most popular IDEs are Eclipse, NetBeans, Intellij, Visual Studio, etc. They support various programming languages such as C, C++, C#, Java. IDEs can help in building command line and graphical applications depending on the preference of the developer. But when it comes to choosing which one, always go for the latest version.