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Programming in 1 Day


Last Updated: February 4, 2023

Code Editors and IDEs

How and where do we write code?

Programmers use something called an IDE (integrated development environment) to write their programs in. It's just a text editor, like Word or Notes. The reason why we don't use Microsoft Word is because IDE’s have features that help you write better code, faster.

For example: it has something called auto-completion. Most IDEs know the language you're typing in and complete your code for you. They can tell you when you make mistakes. They show you how to write clean code and a lot of other features that a text editor like Word won’t give you. Some of the most common IDEs are Atom, Visual Studio, Sublime, IntelliJ, WebStorm, XCode, Eclipse and so many others... For most of our courses I'll be using Visual Code or Atom, because they are light and fast. Feel free to install any of them that you like, so we can get started, and if you have Windows, I dunno what to tell you.

Next we’re going to talk about Source Control which is a feature of many of today's IDEs.