Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Information
Integrated development environment (IDE) applications are comprehensive programming platforms for authoring, modifying, compiling, deploying, and debugging computer software. Some IDEs are for single programming language; however, multi-language IDEs are also available.
Typically, an IDE includes:
- a source code editor
- a compiler or interpreter
- automation tools
- a debugger
Sometimes, versioning control is included to help computer programmers manage the development of a graphical user interface (GUI).
An IDE for object-oriented programming (OOP) usually features a class browser, tools to produce class hierarchy diagrams, and an object inspector. Specialty IDEs are also available. Software developers use an integrated development environment (IDE) to maximize programming productivity. By using such a comprehensive tool set, coders can perform less mode-switching and access more system resources. Programmers can also compile code as it is written and review any syntax errors. Graphical IDEs with windowing features can enhance programmer productivity. Visual IDEs enable software developers to arrange building blocks and code nodes to produce structure diagrams and flowcharts. Often, these flowcharts are based on unified modeling language (UML), a standardized general-purpose platform for creating visual models called UML diagrams. Such a visual integrated development environment (IDE) is also a feature of distributed programming, a field of computing that uses autonomous workstations and other distributed systems.
IDE suppliers provide products for programming languages such as:
- Pascal and Object Pascal
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