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Integrated Development Environment

An integradted development environment is a computer application which attempts to provide a complete development environment in one software package. Usually an IDE has a multiple-document drag and drop interface with features like code completion and the ability to extend the program with plug-ins or add-ons of some type to increase functionality. Microsoft's Visual Studio was one of the first of this new application development genre. The open-source product Eclipse would also fall into this category.


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