Best Coding Editor

By McDonald, T.  |  Date 11th of February 2021

Starting the 100 days of code challenge? New to coding? The first thing that you need to do is get a suitable coding editor or IDE. This will allow you to code and make it a much easier experience. For instance, a good editor will highlight any syntax errors and throw up exceptions that once you have learned what they mean will give you clues as to the mistakes in your code. In addition, you will need to compile some code, the IDE will do for you, in order to make it run. Exceptions are errors found in the code at either runtime, when you try to run the code, or by the complier when you compile the code. Notably, you will need to install some languages in order to start coding.  For example, if you want to code in Java, you will need to install Java on your computer. However, if you want to code something more server side like javaScript, you will not need to install a language called javaScript.

Coding Languages that we think of are called higher level languages.

A high-level language is easier for humans to understand while a lower lever language is easier for a computer to understand. When code is compiled it is converted from a higher-level language to a lower level language so that the computer can understand it and run it.

Brackets

What is it for? 

This editor is a favourite of mine and I use it all the time for HTML, CSS, javaScript and PHP although it can be used for many other languages. One of the features I really like is the live preview that plugs straight into chrome.

Installing is easy
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Visual Studio

What is it for? 

At current i use this for COBOL, but in the past i have used it for Python.  This is a great piece of software from Microsoft that has a huge amount of options.

How to download and Install

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Neatbeans

What is it for? 

I use this for Java and we used it at university.  Very good and easy to use IDE.

How to download and Install

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PyScripter

What is it for? 

This is used for python programming, but it is only available for window.  It also comes with a portable version.  You will need to download and install python language before you get started. 

How to download and Install

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Pycharm

What is it for? 

Another editor for python, but this time it is available for Mac.

How to download and Install

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Eclipse

What is it for?  

I used Eclipse for programming in Java for a few years.  I have tried many IDEs for Java and this is one of the best.

How to download and Install

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