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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What justifies the use of an IDE versus a standard editor?

I find myself using my text editor of choice (vim, nano, gedit, pick your poison) much more often than any IDE as of late. After noticing my ide shortcuts getting dusty I started to think about ...
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Should newbies use IDE autocomplete (Intellisense)?

I often encounter this when I am helping out someone who is new to programming and learning it for the first time. I'm talking about really new newbies, still learning about OOness, constructing ...
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What counts as an IDE?

Recently reading the question What languages do you use without an IDE? One question asked in a few answers was "is Notepad++ and IDE?" One answers to the original question said "None, I use vim...", ...
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Forgetting basic language functions due to use of IDE, over reliance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should newbies use IDE autocomplete (Intellisense)? Is it wrong or bad to use autocomplete? Having used an IDE for the last 3-4 years, the other day a few of my ...
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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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Being IDE dependent. How can it harm me?

I am highly IDE dependent developer (NetBeans and Eclipse as I am a JAVA dev). I can code properly if I have an IDE. I can rely a lot on that for development, debugging and deployment. But without IDE ...
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Does giving a developer a slower development machine result in faster/more efficient code?

Suppose I give my developers a screaming fast machine. WPF-based VS2010 loads very quickly. The developer then creates a WPF or WPF/e application that runs fine on his box, but much slower in the ...
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Is a company order to switch to a certain IDE a red flag?

I recently joined a rapidly growing startup. In the past 3 months the development team has grown from 4 to 12. Until now they were very laissez-faire about what developers used to do their work. In ...
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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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Can I do anything to improve performance in VS 2010?

I'm using VS 2010 since we're developing an app in .Net 4 and the performance is driving me crazy. It's mostly bad when I don't view the IDE for a while (such as when I get pulled away for a help desk ...
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Hiring developers - listing IDE as a requirement?

I've been looking at some job postings and noticed that a fair amount of them list IDEs under the 'required skills' section, even for senior positions. This is not localized to one company either, but ...
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Does anyone prefer proportional fonts? [closed]

I was reading the wikipedia article on programming style and noticed something in an argument against vertically aligned code: Reliance on mono-spaced font; tabular formatting assumes that the ...
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How do I develop in more languages with less IDEs

I would like to set up my computer so that I can develop in .net, C#, Java, ActionScript, JS/CSS, and functional languages such as Scala or Haskell. However, I want to do this with the least amount ...
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Comparison of IDEs for C++ and C development on Linux: KDevelop, Eclipse, NetBeans, CodeBlocks and Anjuta [closed]

I'd like to note your experience of full scale IDEs on Linux. I personally work mostly with vim, however other programmers would like to see a real IDE. So I'd like to hear your personal opinion ...
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ReSharper's effect on coding interviews

Anyone who has used R# or CodeRush knows how fast you can put together simple constructs (and refactor complex ones) with a simple keyboard shortcut. However, do these productivity plugins cause a ...
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I use an IDE (Eclipse) to develop software. Why should I switch to vim or emacs? [closed]

My day job is java/web developer. I have been using eclipse for ~5years. I think its excellent and I also use Webstorm for javascript and html/jsp. I do on occasion need to ssh into server and ...
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What are your thoughts on online editors? [closed]

Currently, I'm an Emacs user, (I'm used to the commands, and I work in a bunch of different languages day-to-day, one of which is Common Lisp, so it's the natural choice), but a recent-ish talk by ...
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How can current IDEs improve the development experience? What secondary tools should be primary?

A modern IDE wouldn't be taken seriously if it didn't have a good editor with syntax highlighting, comprehensive warnings, and a source-level debugger. And there are many more tools/IDE features that ...
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What to do with a 7 button mouse as a programmer?

I just got a new mouse with 7 buttons. Is there any way to use these extra buttons in eclipse or emacs? Is it possible to have a mouse button for compiling? Do you have any other ideas how to use the ...
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Writing programs without graphical IDE

I am not sure if this is even possible but I have watched a few videos with programming examples where it seems like the program is being written in some kind of command prompt rather than a nice ...
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What IDE features would you miss most if you didn't have them? [closed]

What features of your IDE would you miss most if you didn't have? Please list one one feature or group of related features per answer.
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What is Visual Studio Lightswitch and how does it differ from normal Visual Studio versions?

How is Visual Studio Lightswitch different from regular Visual Studio? In what sort of situations would you use this IDE over regular Visual Studio? I'm trying to decide if this is something that ...
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Using version control in an IDE

I write all (well, most) of my programs in an IDE, mostly it's netbeans. Should I just use Mercurial through the IDE, or is it better if I used the CLI instead? and why?