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Writing code should be easier, right?[1]

An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger. Most modern IDEs have intelligent code completion.[2]

What should you know about IDE's?[edit]

You should know:

  1. IDE's can be highly specialized for a specific programming language (phpstorm) or have facility for multiple languages (visual studio)
  2. IDE's have line numbers to help you identify errors and discuss code with colleagues.
  3. Syntax highlighting is a way of coloring different reserved words so they are easier to read.
  4. Autocomplete will help you by filling in functions, variables, and other identified names, so you don't have to type the whole thing (and avoid misspelling).
  5. IDE's often have debuggers, to step through code and help you understand where complex errors might be hiding.
  6. Many IDE's will help you profile your code (or make it more efficient).
  7. Basically, IDE's can make your life as a programmer MUCH easier (which is a good thing).

Why do people get emotional about the IDE's they use?[edit]

I don't know for sure. I suspect it is related to domain competence. I suspect when people become very skillful and comfortable using an IDE (or a programming language) they react emotionally when a different tool is suggested. It's weird, and just my thoughts.

Click here to see a comparison of different IDE's.