Let’s make a reservation right away that this is not the top list, but the simple list. The first does not mean the best; the last does not mean the worst. Therefore, you can choose any tool based on your needs and preferences.
But first, let me make it clear for you what IDE is and what the difference with a simple code editor.
What is an IDE?
The term IDE (Integrated Development Environment) means an editor extended with a lot of “bells and whistles” and knows how to work with auxiliary systems such as a bug tracker, version control, and much more.
As a rule, the IDE loads the entire project to provide autocompletion for the whole project’s functions, convenient navigation through its files, etc.
If you haven’t thought about choosing an IDE yet, look at the following options below.
Most IDEs are paid, with the ability to download and use for free for a while. But their cost, compared to a web developer’s salary, is not high, so that you can focus on convenience.
What Is the Difference Between IDEs and Editors?
An IDE is a software application that provides a developer with all the development process capabilities. It contains:
- a source code editor,
- build automation.
Many IDEs provide you also with class or object browsers, the ability to generate a class diagram from the project structure (in object-oriented programming), and run test cases (like Visual Studio). Having all these features, that’s why it is called an integrated development environment.
What to Look for When Choosing the Right Development Environment?
Development requires a good editor. The editor you choose should have in your arsenal:
- Syntax highlighting.
- Folding. The ability to hide and reveal a block of code.
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Support for the operating system you need. Pay particular attention to this point if you work in a team. It is best to give preference to cross-platform solutions.
Opportunities for joint development. This again applies to commands intending to work with a shared repository. Many of the platforms we’ll cover below integrate with Git.
Supported languages (programming, of course). Here, do not forget about the long-term perspective – suddenly, someday, you decide to add features implemented in some other language to the project. It is worth choosing an environment that supports multiple programming languages.
The price. There are many free open source solutions out there. However, usually the case with almost all such softwares, the cost depends on the number of features available.