There are a lot of Integrated Development Environments or IDE’s out there. These are editors for code, you could compare them to what Microsoft Word is to a word document. IDE’s provide not only the ability to edit code but also:
- View an entire project and its associated files
- Manage files within a project
- Manage the execution environment in which your code runs locally to test it
- Debugging code
- Integration with source code management utilities like Git
- .. and a lot more
All of these abilities make IDE’s preferable over simple text editors. In this video, we will introduce you to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, which is a free IDE Microsoft has provided developers. It is a great way to become familiar with IDE’s and to get started developing software.
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