"Many coders learn to code using a text editor but in
time they move towards using an Integrated Development Environment
(IDE) as this type of software application makes the art of coding
quicker and more efficient. For example, IDEs have semantic
knowledge of the programming language which highlights coding
problems while typing. Compiling is 'on the fly' and debugging is
integrated. Our article titled 9 of the Best Free Linux Integrated
Development Environments selects the best Linux IDEs.
"The GNU Compiler Collection (which includes C, C++,
Objective-C, Fortran, and Ada compilers) is one of the most
important tools for the creation of free software, and naturally
takes pride of place in this article. However, Linux has a diverse
range of other compilers available, many of which are released
under freely distributable licenses.
"Two compilers which could not be included in this article as
they are closed source are Intel C++ Compiler PE, and Intel Fortran
Compiler PE. These free to download applications are both excellent
compilers, producing highly optimised object code, offer rapid
development and high performance."