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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Should newbies use IDE autocomplete (Intellisense)? [closed]

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 justifies the use of an IDE versus a standard editor? [closed]

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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How is IntelliJ better than Eclipse? [closed]

I know there have been questions like What is your favorite editor/IDE?, but none of them have answered this question: Why spend the money on IntelliJ when Eclipse is free? I'm personally a big ...
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Does giving a developer a slower development machine result in faster/more efficient code? [closed]

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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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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Most useful features of VIM that aren't standard in a IDE [closed]

I'm considering whether I should start using VIM again instead of an IDE. What are the most useful features of VIM that aren't standard in an IDE?
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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 the most impressive tricks an IDE could pull off with the code? [closed]

Modern IDEs have a lot of tricks up their sleeves to help with code writing, refactoring, searching. All those are very helpful, but rarely any of them looks like a real "magic" and makes me think "...
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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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How do you navigate and refactor code written in a dynamic language?

I love that writing Python, Ruby or Javascript requires so little boilerplate. I love simple functional constructs. I love the clean and simple syntax. However, there are three things I'm really bad ...
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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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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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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 coworkers ...
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Using version control in an IDE [closed]

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?