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Many editors are part of Integrated Development Environments, which interface with compilers, debuggers, and source code control systems, and often enable multiple programmers to work on the same project. Sometimes the editor can be had stand-alone, and in other cases you must have the full IDE. Some really full featured editors like Emacs can be thought of as IDEs because they provide similar support.

The IDE concept probably first became popular on the PC with Borland's old TurboPascal package for MS-DOS, which included a WordStar compatible text editor for writing code, and an integrated Pascal compiler and debugger. Write code in the editor, tell it to compile, and errors popped you back into the editor with the cursor on the line where the compiler had a problem.

These days, the most popular IDE is IBM's Eclipse environment, open source and written in Java so it runs almost anywhere

Programmer's IDEs:

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