die Integrierte Entwicklungsumgebung – the integrated development environment (IDE)
An IDE is an application that is used during software development. It’s what we write our code in. But far more than a text editor, an IDE can make the development process much easier, with things like intelligent code completion. There are typically build automation tools, and a debugger too. Most would have a compiler. These are things that I can talk about another time.
When I was still in high school, my very first IDE was Visual Studio. I was working with C and then later C#. Now, I use IntelliJ as my IDE at work. When I was in the university, Eclipse was used more often. I know that there other other projects within my current company that use Eclipse as well. I don’t think I have a favourite IDE or anything like that, but I am very comfortable with IntelliJ now, and I don’t think that I’d very much like to switch to something else.