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Darren HealyFront End Web Development Techdegree Student 23,565 Points
What's the lowdown with IDE's? I'm hearing they are very powerful tools however I'm still getting up to speed with Sublime Text 2!
Can anyone with experience give me an overview of what an IDE can do that a text editor can't, as well as an example of when an IDE might be used specifically?
Thanks in advance
Ken AlgerTreehouse Teacher
Some of the general features of an IDE over a text editor would be:
Breakpoints/stepping through code
Integration with other services (database views), automated class diagrams
Ease of refactoring
Of course the more features offered comes with a larger memory footprint and generally a larger $ outlay as well.
In looking at your profile you haven't gone through any of the Java or Android courses yet. Android development is primarily done through an IDE and Treehouse has a new Java course on IDEs. You may find it useful to take a look at the course from a high level to see some of the features of IDEs in general.