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Hi,
Can anyone give a 100-word or less overview of the top 2 or 3 IDEs in use today, and especially, what are the pros and cons of each? Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks in advance!
John (over 50 but still feisty!)

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If you're a beginner then the cons to any IDE is tremendous. Otherwise, they are fine. Always start with the command line and learn that first before moving on.

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If you're a beginner then the cons to any IDE is tremendous. Otherwise, they are fine. Always start with the command line and learn that first before moving on.

Hi Server_Crash,
Thanks! Do you mean a beginner with IDEs (which I am) or a beginner programmer (which, with 20+ yrs exp I hope I am not!) ? ?

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Just with programming, unless you have no prior experience with the command line...

What language are you considering? A question asking pros and cons of certain IDE's isn't very meaningful unless it's for a specific language.

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Just with programming, unless you have no prior experience with the command line...

What language are you considering? A question asking pros and cons of certain IDE's isn't very meaningful unless it's for a specific language.

DUH :) Do I feel stupid ? ? ?

Well, we use a mixed environment, including some C++/Unix, some Java/Linux, and some C#/ASP.

So I guess the real question is, which IDE, if any, is best for each environment ? Most of our programmers are guys like me,
old-timers who would really prefer not to use all this new-fangled stuff: a good text-editor and a good debugger is all anybody really needs :) (Half-kidding/half-serious)

Seriously, my ideal IDE who be easy to learn, easy to install, would not require a bunch of finicky configuring-ballyhoo, would not cramp my coding style too much, but would do the mundane work of including needed libraries, warn about stupid mistakes like unused variables, etc. Does that make my vagueness a little less vague.

Thanks Again!

John in Washington DC

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Any .NET language would obviously go to Visual Studio.NET. For Java I really don't have a favorite. Personally, I like using JEdit and the command line while working in Java. It's a little more work, but when you get use to something like that you don't want to change. As for C++, I use bloodshed. It's probably my favorite to use. It is an IDE and it doesn't quit indent code correctly so you're forced to edit the text a little.

I guess it all boils down to personal preference. Person A might like Borland products, while person B really likes using the command line. Really the only advise I can give is to try a bunch of them and form your own opinion.

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Any .NET language would obviously go to Visual Studio.NET. For Java I really don't have a favorite. Personally, I like using JEdit and the command line while working in Java. It's a little more work, but when you get use to something like that you don't want to change. As for C++, I use bloodshed. It's probably my favorite to use. It is an IDE and it doesn't quit indent code correctly so you're forced to edit the text a little.

I guess it all boils down to personal preference. Person A might like Borland products, while person B really likes using the command line. Really the only advise I can give is to try a bunch of them and form your own opinion.

Thanks very much ! for your answers and your patience :)

Take care,
John :)

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i like visual studio, its ide is consistent between all of its languages and the documentation is great.

I got a student deal - visual basic 2003 standard and microsofts vb step by step book all for £100 - the software is worth that alone and its like a £40 boook on its own

Comes with sample cd, msdn libary etc..... and an eboook version

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