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Text Editor and IDE?


JohnCP
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Hi all, Real dumb question: What's the difference between a text editor and an Integrated Development Environment (IDE)? Thanks, JP
Not much. In general, an IDE is a text editor with features geared towards programmers, ranging from simple context coloring of code to complete development, project managment, source control, build/compile tools, and others.Notepad is a text editor. Visual Studio, Eclipse, and Dreamweavers are IDE's.
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e.g , when you write your post and want your text be bold , you can write <b>..........st.........</b> ( that likes Text editor ) or another way highlight your sentence and click the B symbol that you see in the bar above textarea ( that likes IDE ) :)
Also, with an IDE (e.g. VisualStudio), I can type Re<TAB>.Red<TAB>("http://www.mysite.com"); rather than Response.Redirect("http://www.mysite.com"); because the IDE lists a dropdown menu of possible classes, members, etc. that match what I am typing. You can't get that with a plain text-editor.
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