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An Integrated Development Environment(IDE) is a term used to describe a code editor that comes with a host of tools to make working on a codebase a lot more easier and efficient.
Use Cases and Examples
For many types of software development out there, a basic code editor might be enough to do the job.
For some software projects such as the development of an IOS app, a basic code editor might not be sufficient.
X Code [↗] which is the primary IDE for developing IOS apps provides a host of tools to make the development a lot more efficient. For example, it comes with an app previewer/emulator so that you can see what the app will look like as you go along. This is also true for Android Studio [↗] for Android app development.
Some code editors like Visual Studio Code [↗], now provide a host of tools in the form of plugins and can be said to be a lot more an IDE than a code editor in this case.
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