Working with Integrated Development Environments

University of Leeds

Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) are essential for boosting developer productivity and streamlining coding processes. This course by University of Leeds provides vital skills and knowledge to navigate software development with confidence. From understanding IDE fundamentals to comparing different IDEs, learners will gain insights into managing projects, utilizing features, and selecting the right IDE for their needs.

Throughout the course, learners will delve into the history of IDEs, explore modern IDEs, and learn to work with tools like VSCode. With a focus on improving productivity and understanding the capabilities of IDEs, this course is ideal for beginners and those with some programming experience. By completing this course, learners will be well-prepared to create impressive software projects and achieve their software development goals.

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Working with Integrated Development Environments
Course Modules

This course consists of two modules. Module 1 introduces learners to the history of IDEs, general-purpose and language-specific IDEs, and the process of picking the right IDE. Module 2 focuses on using VSCode, covering file handling, debugging, and reflecting on the features of IDEs.

Week 1: What is an integrated development environment?

Module 1: What is an integrated development environment?

  • An overview of IDEs and their history
  • Introduction to programming languages and general-purpose IDEs
  • Exploration of language-specific IDEs
  • Guidance on picking the right IDE

Week 2: Using IDEs

Module 2: Using IDEs

  • Introduction to using VSCode and file handling
  • Tests and debugging in VSCode
  • Reflecting on the features of IDEs
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