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Is there an IDE for JavaScript? I'm a beginner, and only had academic practice with C and Java.  I'm doing a tutorial with JavaScript, and want to start a small project. But it seems like there are a lot of different options available, and an IDE offering intelligent options for methods and objects would be very helpful.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I don't think there is.  Javascript runs in your browsers in a web page so it there is, it would have to work in your browser.  I can't see that a standalone IDE could work.
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Rikin Shah earned 336 total points
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Hi,

You can use Visual Web Developer Express edition 2012.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30669
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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If you are talking about code hinting, I use http://www.sublimetext.com/3.  Dreamweaver http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html also has js/jquery code hinting.  For a mac there is coda.  I have only demo'd this a couple of years ago http://panic.com/coda/.
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by:Jack Leach
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I use PHP Storm by JetBrains when I'm forced to work with a PHP project, and it has good support for JavaScript (including stepthrough debugging).

More common for me though, is notepad++ with a few plugins and liberal use of the console.log() function.

Cheers
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by:Sharon Seth
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Notepad++ and jEdit with the js plugin
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by:Bill Prew
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A couple of others you might want to consider:

Eclipse is a great free IDE, and has support for JavaScript:

http://eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-ide-javascript-web-developers/indigosr2

Netbeans is another solid IDE, and can support JavaScript:

https://netbeans.org/features/index.html#o1

And a couple of others I have looked at in the past:

http://aptana.com/products/studio3

http://www.yaldex.com/Free_JavaScript_Editor.htm

~bp
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by:pzozulka
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Do the following have intelligent code hinting:

* PHP Storm by JetBrains
* Notepad++ (if so which plugins are required to do code hinting)
* JEdit
* Eclipse (I've used in the past for Java -- I believe it did code-hinting)

I think that Dreamweaver has code-hinting, but i don't think it's free. I will see if it's available for free for students at my University.
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by:Jack Leach
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PHP Storm does, I believe Eclipse does as well, though I don't use it.  I'm not aware of a notepad++ plugin for autocomplete.  Apparently it has something of the sort built-in, but I've found it subpar at best.

PHP Storm is commercial (not free), Eclipse is free.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Many code editors like Notepad++, HTML-Kit, PSPad and others have colorized code.  But I wouldn't call them an IDE / Integrated Development Editor because they don't control the execution and debug of programs.
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by:Rikin Shah
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Then your choice must be Visual Web Developer Express edition 2012. That's the best you can get for free.
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by:Bill Prew
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One I didn't mention because it's more of an editor than an IDE is my preferred code editor, Visual SlickEdit.  It isn't free though, it's powerful, and so you pay for that.  But it does have code hints so as you start typing a method it will pop up box with the parms and an example, etc.  Very helpful.

http://www.slickedit.com/

~bp
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