IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) are computer programs that facilitate efficient software development by providing features beyond those of a simple text editor.

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Time to drop Emacs and vi? [duplicate]

Every time you are looking for a text editor, no matter what language you are using, vi and Emacs are hall-of-famers. However they are ancient, and we have better alternatives (at least I hope we ...
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Which is the purpose of using a workspace in Aptana?

I almost always do web development with a simple editor like Geany or Notepad++. Recently I'm starting with Aptana, and I'm a bit confused about the purpose/benefits of the workspace. Why is it ...
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Find feature in NetBeans (or even Eclipse, or others) excluding comments [closed]

Is it possible to use the find feauture in NetBeans or other Java IDE excluding commented code from the results? How?? Given a project I'd like to find all the occurrences of a word without getting ...
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Java IDE written in pure Java? [closed]

Is there a Java IDE written in Java? I just got my year 9 DET laptop today at school, and there are all sorts of restrictions set in place. Somewhat annoyingly, you cannot run any executable other ...
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Why “show line numbers” doesn't' check by default in all IDE's [closed]

Every time I install an IDE, that's my first step, go to setting "show line numbers"! So why it doesn't' check by default? Or it's not important ? Edit 1: I found some related answer here: What ...
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First dedicated IDE?

What was the first program that was created as a dedicated IDE? That is, purpose built for coding, rather than simply allowing integration as part of its expansion options. This is opposed to a text ...
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Online code editors programming language

When searching for online code editors (out of interest how all the course sites such as Codecademy has been made) I noticed they are all been written in JavaScript. Why are all those code editors ...
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Develop application works on cloud or on local PC? [closed]

I'm new in Cloud computing, I want to develop an agile development tool. The main goal is to enable remote developers to work (using agile approach and practices) in the same project (SaaS), the ...
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What have my fellow Delphi programmers done to make Eclipse/Java more like Delphi?

I am a veteran Delphi programmer working on my first real Android app. I am using Eclipse and Java as my development environment. The thing I miss the most of course is Delphi's VCL components and ...
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Using WebStorm for Razor Syntax MVC

I am building a lot of client-side heavy SPA-like apps with VS2010 and MVC3/4. VS2010 Javascript/HTML/CSS editing (mostly javascript) is interminably slow and sluggish. I'd love to use something ...
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Is C# development effectively inseparable from the IDE you use?

I'm a Python programmer learning C# who is trying to stop worrying and just love C# for what it is, rather than constantly comparing it back to Python. I'm caught up on one point: the lack of ...
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Applications using GPL code and run-time libraries of proprietary IDEs

The GPL is described as a 'highly viral' license (if an application contains code which is licensed under GPL, distribution requires open sourcing of the whole application). Do I understand correctly ...
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Can I use all JetBrains software after purchase [closed]

So I am thinking about buying the Ruby version of the IDEA that JEtBrain is offering. If I buy a personal license for it, does it allow me to also use the license for IntelliJ also so I can develop ...
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Does an unexperienced programmer need an IDE? [closed]

Reading this other question makes me wonder if I (as an absolute beginner PHP programmer) should stick with WAMP and Notepad++ or to switch to some IDE like Eclipse. It's understandable that skilled ...
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Ruby IDE code completion [closed]

I just started writing some ruby in my spare time and am currently using Netbeans 7 with the Ruby and Rails plugin v0.111. I'm primarily a Java programmer coming from IntelliJ and Eclipse. One ...
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Coding shortcuts for type conversions or similar [closed]

bool? example = null; is actually Nullable<System.Boolean> example = null; Now for the bool to System.Boolean conversion or actually compile-time replacement: We ususally hardly care, as it ...
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Online Code Editor [closed]

The major online IDEs are hosted on the service provider's server. Examples are Kodingen, Cloud9, ShiftEdit. Hence they would be unavailable if the external server was down for some reason, and I ...
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How to diagram custom programming languages, non textual?

I've used and created domain-specific languages before, plenty of times (e.g. using yacc/lex). Normally we'd start with grammar written in BNF, and a bunch of keywords. This is easy to do, easy to ...
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Why are background-colors not or rarely used for syntax highlighting? [closed]

I wonder why I rarely see any IDEs or other developers that use background colors for syntaxhighlighting. One of the first things when installing and configuring a new IDE is adjusting the colors so ...
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Why text editors are recommended over IDEs for beginners in books like Head First Java? [closed]

I am a programmer with some experience in C++ and I am learning Java. In most of the Java books (like Head First Java) authors ask readers to stay away from IDEs and recommend using a good text ...
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What is the best solution for using NetBeans on different computers and keeping them in sync?

I am using NetBeans IDE for PHP programming. What is the best solution for using NetBeans on two different computers and keeping them in sync? I am currently using the FTP upload on save feature. But ...
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Commercial vs Personal software licenses

If I work for a company and write code for them but I choose to buy a tool for myself and use it to write code for the company, do I need a commercial or personal license? Specifically, in this case, ...
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Is anyone doing “real” TDD with Visual-C++, and if yes, how do they do it?

Test Driven Development implies writing the test before the code and following a certain cycle: Write Test Check Test (run) Write Production Code Check Test (run) Clean up Production Code Check test ...
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Why can't we program without compiling (using an IDE/debugger)? [closed]

I find it very interesting that even people who design a particular framework still have to rely on compiling to ensure the code is correct. I don't mean for 100s of lines of code, but 2-10 lines. I ...
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Visual Studio Setup - why is solution explorer on the right?

Every time I install VS (whichever version going back years) it installs with the Solution Explorer on the right. Now as most UIs have the navigation in a left hand column (and at the top of the ...
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What changes can I make to my IDE to minimize the effect of my dyslexia?

I program and I am dyslexic. My vision is excellent. I do poorly processing symbols and am a visual thinker. When I code, I'm slower than normal people because I am unpredictably unaware of the ...
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I can get visual studio for free through school, should I? [closed]

I am currently using dev++, I am a complete beginner, (Freshman CS major) learning C++. I can get one of the newest versions of visual studio (2008 or 2009 i think) for free through my school. Not ...
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What is a good lightweight IDE that performs well in an Xterm window? [closed]

Our group is currently has a solaris server with eclipse installed on it. However, we need to run this from out desks using an xterm window. There is a delay with every action due to the weight of ...
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Visual PHP? or Visual Ruby?

I am intrigued. Why does the open source industry not have 'Visual' products like 'Visual' Basic, 'Visual' C++ or 'Visual' ASP.NET? Why don't we have Visual PHP? or Visual RUBY?
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How do I evaluate an IDE? [closed]

I don't want to know which IDE is best, because that's subjective. I'd like to know how to evaluate an IDE. I'm primarily a vim user, and realistically happy there, but occasionally look at languages ...
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What is a good IDE for client side JavaScript development? [closed]

I recently started learning JavaScript and am looking for a good JavaScript Editor/IDE. I found dozens of them in a Google search but I would appreciate if users who have experience with using such an ...
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Where to start for writing a simple java IDE? [closed]

I would like to start working on my own custom IDE. The biggest reason I want to work on the IDE is to help me gain an even greater, more intimate understanding of java (and other languages I add into ...
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Should every member of a team use the same IDE? [closed]

Do you think it makes sense to enforce that every member of a team must use the same IDE? For instance all engineers that are already on the team use IDE X. Two new engineers come and want to use IDE ...
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On-the-fly graphical representation of code [closed]

I know about Omondo's plugin for live code-UML synchronization in Eclipse, but I was wondering if there was any other tool/IDE/IDE-extension that has some form of live graphical code representaiton ...
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What functionality does WebStorm contain which RubyMine does not?

I am looking at buying Rubymine as I am doing a small amount of ruby, but a large amount of html5/javascript. I was going to get Webstorm as I do have a lot of pure html5/js based frameworks/apps ...
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Building and Debugging an IDE using the same IDE

This may be a question more suited some Programming Meta Discussions. I was trying to delve deeper into the inner plugin management feature for QT Creator 2.x IDE provided by Digia Inc. So I ...
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How to effectively share projects with other developers

I'm thinking of working with some other people on a c++ or java project. Usually for small projects, we collaborate mostly through emailing source code files back and forth, but on a larger scale, it ...
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Risks of maintaining codebase C++ Builder 6? [closed]

My company has a large software application written in C++ Builder 6. I am a junior developer only one year out of college. My question is: How much technical debt are they in? What are the ...
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IDE vs. Text Editor [duplicate]

I know this has been asked..but I cant find a clear answer. Many advanced programmers prefer text editors, but for me IDE's make things much faster. I've been using eclipse for a year and using a text ...
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How to convince boss to buy Visual Studio 2012 Professional [closed]

The main advantage is the use of ReSharper and other add-ons but we need to make a convincing argument for the purchase of Visual Studio 2012 Professional. We are currently using Visual Studio 2012 ...
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Visual Studio Express vs. SharpDevelop [closed]

I need a bit of input from people who have used both of these programs. I am using Visual Studio Express 2010 right now for creating a project in VB.net and WPF 4. I just discovered a freeware IDE ...
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Is Notepad++ used in professional software development? [closed]

iam a newbie in programming , focusing on web development with PHP. I have tried several IDEs Nusphere,PHP storm, all IDEs i tried doesnt load fast (ofcourse because of all extra features) i always ...
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Fast cold start text editor [closed]

Is there text editor with c# syntax highlight which starts VERY FAST? I just want look source code some files in project and i donnt want wait 30 seconds while VS starts.
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How might a simple IDE work? Algorithms/Pseudocode/etc [closed]

Background In a recent school software engineering module, I needed to developed a static program analyzer. Given a ficticious programming language source code, I need to analyze it, then the user ...
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Command line tools vs IDE (Eclipse ) [duplicate]

Not sure if this is the right place to ask the question, but I'll ask anyway. (If it is not, please let me know!) I'm working in a team of 5 programmers on a project which we have to start on ...
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Does a developer really have to know build tools, classpath etc? [duplicate]

When IDEs like eclipse can handle all the maven, ant, classpath etc related tasks, does a developer really need to learn all these things ? If yes, then why ?
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Debug PHP: is XDebug worthwhile? Are there any alternatives?

How do you debug PHP? Just with debug-prints in your script? Or is it worth installing XDebug? Is there any better debugging possiblity?
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How is an IDE compiled? [closed]

I'd like to know the general procedure of how an IDE is built/compiled/created. Additionally, what are some tools/scripts used to create an IDE? I don't mean to say that compiling IDE needs an IDE. ...
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How do IDE-s provide auto-completion, instant error checking and debugging? [closed]

Say you have a language compiler you would like to build an IDE for. How is auto completion, instant error reporting while writing code and debuggers commonly implemented?
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How can I debug a JSP?

I'm trying to edit a JSP for a project and I'm getting a NullPointerException somewhere in the JSP when it's requested from my server. My web server (JBoss) is reporting the exception, but it's ...