An IDE (integrated development environment) is software for building applications that combines common developer tools into a single  GUI (graphical user interface).

Why is an IDE important?

Throughout the process of creating, testing software, and writing developers employ a variety of tools. Code libraries, Text editors, compilers, bug tracking software, and test platforms are among the most common development tools. It combines development-related technologies into a single framework. It is also helpful for new developers who use an IDE to learn about a team’s standard tools. The aim of IDE is to make software development easier while detecting and reducing code errors and typos.

Popular kinds of IDEs

  • The number of supported languages
  • Supported operating system(s)
  • Automation features
  • Impact on system performance
  • Plugins and extensions

Basic features of an IDE:

  • Text editor
  • Debugger
  • Compiler
  • Code completion
  • Programming language
  • Integrations and plugins