Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
An IDE, or Integrated Development Environment, is an application that provides computer programmers a comprehensive set of tools for software development in order to boost productivity.
Most IDEs have a source code editor, a compiler, an interpreter, tools for debugging, syntax highlighting, and a method to create builds for finished software. However, not every IDE has all of the aforementioned features.
Many of the currently popular IDEs also have features specifically for use with an Object-Oriented paradigm, such as a class browser, object browser, and UML diagram generators.
The majority of IDEs share a common GUI design/ layout, so experimenting with new ones can be more encouraging than frustrating. It is best to test out different ones so you can figure out which one fits your workflow preferences the most.
As a programmer, the use of an IDE is extremely beneficial since you do not have to spread a project out between a myriad of different applications in order to complete it.
Not only that, but an IDE can also help in the process of debugging, as most of them have a syntax error highlighting system and a method in which programmers can go step-by-step through their code as it runs.
Students at Columbia College Chicago will mainly use Visual Studio as their IDE of choice, as it supports a wide range of programming languages that are used in the programming department's curriculum.