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It was recommended that I download an IDE for debugging.

Question: If I am new to programming is it better to go through the pain of not using an IDE at first and if so: when can I tell I should begin using IDE?

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Kerry Cotter wrote:It was recommended that I download an IDE for debugging.

Question: If I am new to programming is it better to go through the pain of not using an IDE at first and if so: when can I tell I should begin using IDE?

PS: This is by far the most useful forum I have ever been part of!


You don't necessarily need an IDE for debugging. The IDE actually tells you what potentially can go wrong during or before compilation.

For debugging sake, IMHO output statements are the best.

Learning to program without an IDE will enable you to learn the API and the proper syntax, instead of relying the IDE to provide.
 
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Kerry Cotter wrote:Question: If I am new to programming is it better to go through the pain of not using an IDE at first

Yes.

and if so: when can I tell I should begin using IDE?

That's a tough one, but I'd definitely say you should be pretty confident that you can compile and jar and debug a moderate-size project (20-30 classes?) with a few packages and maybe a few config/properties files, and/or possibly a wrapped database like JavaDB, from the command line.

Either that, or two months of using the command line and Notepad++ every day.

PS: This is by far the most useful forum I have ever been part of!

Thanks (from us all). Glad to be of service.

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Kerry Cotter wrote: when can I tell I should begin using IDE?

That is a personal call but Winston's suggestion above is a good benchmark. Also it is good to get hold of the IDE so ONLY postpone its use until you feel you are ready.
When ready, get accustomed to every bit of it.
I would say, using the notepad (or notepad++, Editplus, etc) and using command line helps you build foundation towards better programming.
But efficient use of IDE makes you a quick and efficient developer.
 
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