in this article, I am going to talk about the software tools that you need and what costs are associated with those tools to become a programmer. I am going to discuss those Software Development Tools that familiar for beginner using some programming languages as well. So the beginners can get an idea about how they can use each on of the programming language in the Software Tools. So let’s start “Software Development Tools for Programmers” article.
What Software Development Tools do you need?
But more importantly, we might think what do they cost? So in this article I am going to talk about the free Software Tools that you don’t have to pay money. I’ll quickly go through some languages.
First let get into Microsoft products, C# as one example, you know right!! To develop C# code you can use Visual Studio. Visual Studio by Microsoft is another product that’s also got a free edition. I think it’s called the Community edition. So you can download the community edition as free version. It has everything that you want to develop software as a beginner level. If memory serves, but there’s also they’ve got advanced editions, a Professional version and an Enterprise versions as well.
And it’s only once you can enter the Professional or the Enterprise editions that you start having to pay for those. It means you have to pay to upgrade your version. And they’re both fully featured and they work with most if not all of Microsoft’s languages. So you can do your .NET development task, C# which I know is part of .NET. but also the Embedded C code you’re given and also C++ and their other programming language.
Visual Basic is another one in the .NET platform. So most of those languages work nicely in their integrated development environment and their IDE. And again, there’s a paid version and a free version. But, when you’re starting out, you certainly don’t need to spend any money.
Software Tools for Java and Python
let’s look at Java and Kotlin, two very popular programming languages. The great news about those is the IDE, the integrated development environment or editor, that’s where you type in your code. There’s lots of different vendors out there who make the products and pretty much all of them are free.
So, looking at JetBrains, the IntelliJ product. JetBrains is the company, the IntelliJ product comes in a Community edition, which is completely free and that’s the one that I recommend most people starting out would use. And they’ve also got an Ultimate edition. And the Ultimate edition is the one where you have to pay money. But we’ll talk more about the advanced or ultimate editions of products a little bit later. NetBeans, Eclipse are the another examples to use when you develop Java.
For the python, WE can use PyCharm. According to Wikipedia, PyCharm is an integrated development environment used in computer programming, specifically for the Python language. It is developed by the Czech company JetBrains. So this software is also provide by the JetBrains.
PyCharm is a cross-platform IDE that provides consistent experience on the Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. PyCharm is available in three editions. Those are Professional, Community, and Educational. It is commonly used for Python application development. Some of the unicorn organizations such as Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Pinterest use PyCharm as their Python IDE!
VS code – Easiest and Most popular Software Development Tools for Programmers
This is again by Microsoft. So this is a different product than Visual Studio. This is an open-source editor and it works for pretty well. what I’d say all programming languages. This is also cross-platform.
You can install different extensions for different languages. There are so many extensions in there. So if you’re starting out as a programmer, I’d probably steer you more towards the other editors.
So that product, every month they release a new version on the three platforms, again Windows, Mac and Linux. As I said it’s not only cross-platform but it’s open-source. you can contribute yourself if you’re a developer. You don’t need to pay anything there.
You can use Flutter, React Native programming languages as well. That is because this is cross platform and open source.
Mobile Application development Software Tools
For the Mobile Application development there are several software tools that providing as free. For the Android Development you can use Android Studio. That is the best IDE to develop Android Apps. You can use Android Studio to develop Flutter applications as well. But we recommend VS Code to develop Flutter Applications.
In the Android Studio, It has so many extensions, plugins and also Firebase. According to Wikipedia, Firebase is a platform developed by Google for creating mobile and web applications. It was originally an independent company founded in 2011. In 2014, Google acquired the platform and it is now their flagship offering for app development. So we don’t need to worry about the API, Backend, Microservices. All the functions and options related to Mobile Application are in here.
If you need to learn about Android Studio, you can follow my Android Studio Articles.
- Let’s familiar with Mobile Application Development
- Let’s design a simple mobile application
- Android Fragments 2021
- Mobile Application Design and Development
For the IOS development, we can use XCode. This is a development environment for macOS. Yes this is Free.
So this is the end of the “Software Development Tools for Programmers” article. See you in the next one.