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A Programmer's Utensils



Since there was no 'Good' tool list for programming, I decided to come up with my own. This list includes general programming tools and language specific ones. This list was compiled 100% by me for the education of this forum. Note that this list mainly caters for Java, C, C++ and Assembly. I may make another list for Python, Perl etc.

General

Integrated Development Environments (IDEs)



Eclipse

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Eclipse is a popular, free and open source IDE with a modular plugin system making it very customizable. It supports multiple languages like Java, C and C++ (With the CDT Plugin) and because of the huge repository of plugins it can support many more languages. Eclipse is Multi-Platform.



Main Site: http://www.eclipse.org/

Useful Plugins: Python, Perl, Ruby, Lisp, CDT (C, C++, Assembly)




Netbeans

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Netbeans is a, easy, free, popular and extensible IDE with support for multiple languages using a neat plugin manager. It does lack Eclipse's sheer amount of plugins, but it makes up for that with a neater plugin system and I feel that the plugins are more expertly designed and integrate more nicely with the IDE. Netbeans is Multi-Platform.



Main Site: http://netbeans.org/



IntelliJ IDEA

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IntelliJ IDEA is a powerful IDE with an advanced plugin system. It is made by JetBrains and has both an Ultimate (Paid) and a Community (Free & Open Source) version. The Community version has a smaller range of languages supported out of the box, but it is still a very functional IDE. The Ultimate edition certainly lives up to it's name, with huge amounts of features and a vast array of Out-of-the-box support for different languages. IntelliJ IDEA is Multi-Platform.



Main Site: http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/

Plugins: http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/plugins/index.html



Visual Studio 2010

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Visual Studio is a full featured IDE from Microsoft. The full Visual Studio is commerical software, but it has a collection of IDEs for Visual Basic.NET, C# and C++ known as the Express editions. They are very powerful, and have a huge commercial backing behind them. The main advantage of Visual Studio 2010 is it's plugin system, which all of the Express Editions lack. Visual Studio 2010 and the Express IDEs are Windows-Only.



Main Site: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/

Express Edition Site: http://www.microsoft.com/express/Downloads/



Code::Blocks

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Code::Blocks is a nice IDE primarily aimed at C and C++ development. It is fairly powerful and has a plugin system although it only has a small amount of plugins. Code::Blocks is Multi-Platform.



Main Site: http://www.codeblocks.org/



Qt Creator

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Qt Creator is a C++ IDE intended to compliment Qt toolkit. It is aesthetically more pleasing than most IDEs and has a drag and drop gui creator for the Qt Framework. Qt Creator is Multi-Platform.



Main Site: http://qt.nokia.com/products/developer-tools


 

Text Editors



Notepad++

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Notepad++ is a powerful, free and extensible text editor featuring code syntax highlighting for lots of languages. It is very user friendly and generally a nice quick editor for code. Notepad++ is Windows-Only.



Main Site: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/



Vim (Vi IMproved)

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Vim is a command driven, multipurpose and extremely productive text editor (With productivity comparable to that of an IDE's), although the learning curve is extremely steep and memorizing the command is a daunting task to a new user. Vim is Multi-Platform and features both a terminal and graphical interface. It is a clone/improvement on the text editor Vi.



Main Site: http://www.vim.org/



Emacs

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Emacs is another command driven text editor that is very productive, and there is a holy war going on between users of Vim and Emacs over which editor is better, but disregarding that it is a very powerful editor albeit with a steep learning curve. Emacs is Multi-Platform.



Main Site: http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/



Notepad2

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Notepad2 is a Scintilla based improvement on Microsoft's Notepad. It features syntax highlighting and a few advanced text manipulation tools. Notepad2 is Windows-Only.



Main Site: http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html


 

Other


MSYS

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MSYS is *NIX-like development and general use environment for Windows. It features a UNIX Terminal and a whole array of *NIX tools like make, grep etc. It's good for getting to grips with *NIX commands even when on a Windows environment. Contrasting, it's also good for *NIX Family OS users who aren't used to the Windows environment. MSYS is Windows only.



Main Site: http://www.mingw.org/wiki/MSYS



Git

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Git is a decentralized version control system much like Subversion and Mercurial. It has both a terminal front-end and for Windows, a graphical frontend based on TortoiseSVN called TortoiseGit.



Main Site: http://git-scm.com/
TortoiseGit: http://code.google.com/p/tortoisegit/



Subversion

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Subversion is another version control system which, unlike Git, is centralized. It has a Windows front-end called TortoiseSVN as well as a terminal front-end.



Main Site: http://subversion.tigris.org/
TortoiseSVN: http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/




Language Specific

Java



Virtual Machines
Oracle's Java Runtime Environment (HotSpot): http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Kaffe: http://www.kaffe.org/
IcedTea: http://icedtea.classpath.org/

Development Kits/Compilers
Oracle's Java Development Kit: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

OpenJDK: http://openjdk.java.net/
 

C



Compilers
Gnu Compiler Collection (Includes C Compiler): http://gcc.gnu.org/
MinGW (Windows GCC Port): http://www.mingw.org/
Tiny C Compiler: http://bellard.org/tcc/
 

C++



Compilers
NOTE: Most C++ Compilers can Compile C too.

Gnu Compiler Collection (Includes C++ Compiler): http://gcc.gnu.org/
MinGW (Windows GCC Port): http://www.mingw.org/
Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/visualc/default.aspx
Intel's C++ Compiler: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-compilers/
Watcom C++ Compiler: http://www.openwatcom.org/index.php/Main_Page
Digital Mars C++ Compiler: http://www.digitalmars.com/
 

Assembly Language



Assemblers (Intel Syntax)
MASM32: http://www.masm32.com/
FASM: http://flatassembler.net/
TASM: http://info.borland.com/borlandcpp/cppcomp/tasmfact.html
NASM: http://www.nasm.us/

Assemblers (AT&T Syntax)
GAS: GCC's Backend (http://gcc.gnu.org/)

Originally posted by _s1gma


Other - similar to MSYS
Cygwin http://www.cygwin.com/

Text editors
Sublime Text http://www.sublimetext.com/

Version control (you already have a couple: git, svn; make it another category)
CVS http://www.nongnu.org/cvs/
Team Foundation Server http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ff637362.aspx

Shells
zsh http://www.zsh.org/
bash http://tiswww.case.edu/php/chet/bash/bashtop.html
ksh http://www.kornshell.com/
tcsh http://www.tcsh.org/Welcome

Edited by Lusfr_
Lusfr was here

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[MENTION=1573]Cart[/MENTION] Some more to add:

Other - similar to MSYS
Cygwin [url]http://www.cygwin.com/[/url]

Text editors
Sublime Text [url]http://www.sublimetext.com/[/url]

Version control (you already have a couple: git, svn; make it another category)
CVS [url]http://www.nongnu.org/cvs/[/url]
Team Foundation Server [url]http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ff637362.aspx[/url]

Shells
zsh [url]http://www.zsh.org/[/url]
bash [url]http://tiswww.case.edu/php/chet/bash/bashtop.html[/url]
ksh [url]http://www.kornshell.com/[/url]
tcsh [url]http://www.tcsh.org/Welcome[/url]

I'll contribute more as I think of it Edited by Trey

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Thanks for this cart. Now I can learn more!

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Great thread. I posted the eclipse thread without knowing this was here aha. Now I do.

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You put SVN and not Mercurial?

Anyway,
- [url]http://mercurial.selenic.com/[/url]
- [url]http://hginit.com/01.html[/url]

Also Clang is cooler and arguably nicer than GCC.

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Ooo useful thread, thank you.

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Thank you for great information, I use Notepad++ which is really good for me and even easy to open and does not take long time to open like many other software.

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Tanks for this

 

im new and learning will help

 

Any good tutorials

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