Doug wrote in and asked, “What is the Best IDE? I’m looking for a Free IDE that allows me to program in Java, C++, Python and PHP. I’ve tried a bunch of open source IDE’s and was looking for your opinion. Is it worth spending money on a Programming IDE like Coda?”
For anyone that doesn’t know, IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. To put it more simply, an IDE is used to write computer programs. They are used to help developers avoid syntax errors and for debugging purposes.
I have used, and like Coda very much. However, I use a Free IDE called Eclipse for most of my programming. There are many reasons to develop with the Eclipse IDE:
The Different Eclipse IDE’s
The version of Eclipse you choose to use, will depend on which (language / languages) you will program in. If you will mainly program in one language, choose one of the following, based on your chosen language:
If the language you wish to program in is not listed, or if you want to program in multiple languages from one IDE, your covered. Download Eclipse Classic instead! Eclipse Classic comes with the Java Environment pre installed, but it’s easy to add additional language support.
Adding Additional Language Support
You can add additional languages to your Free IDE. You will probably need to install both the language itself and the IDE plugin. I provide links to both below. Here is a list of the most popular languages, minus those listed above:
Installing Language Support on Eclipse
This is how you install your language plugins, on Eclipse:
If you install multiple language plugin’s, you can easily switch by clicking on your language of choice in the upper right hand corner of the IDE. You can also add additional languages there in two ways:
That’s All Folks
I hope you enjoy your new IDE. I didn’t go into how to use Eclipse, because tutorials on its use are available by clicking Help – Welcome – Tutorials. If you have any questions, or comments leave them in the comment section below.
Till Next Time