9 of the Best Free Linux Integrated Development Environments
An integrated development environment (IDE) (sometimes known
as an integrated design environment or integrated debugging
environment) is a
software application that provides comprehensive facilities to
programmers for software
Many coders learn to code using a text editor but in time they
move towards using an IDE as this type of software
application makes the art of coding quicker and
more efficient. For example, IDEs have semantic knowledge of
the programming language which highlights coding problems while typing.
Compiling is 'on the fly' and debugging is integrated.
An IDE normally comprises a:
- Source code editor (essentially a text editor with
additional features such as code completion, structural navigation, and
- Compiler and/or interpreter
- Build automation tools
A good IDE helps developers produce bug-free, maintainable
applications quicker than by using an editor and console based
tools. However, selecting an IDE can be a daunting task, in
part because there are a large number available for Linux.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 9 highly polished free Linux
Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who
wants to quicken the pace of software development.
Now, let's explore the 9 IDEs at hand. For each title we have
compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
||Very extensible and fully configurable
development environment for GNOME
||Java based environment combining a number of different
easy to use IDE for KDE
||Java based IDE from Sun Microsystems
Sun Studio) Software development
||GNOME environment for the development of Mono and .NET
and lightweight IDE based on Scintilla
||Powerful and lightweight C/C++ IDE
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Last Updated Saturday, November 24 2012 @ 04:57 PM EST