Computer Programming Software Free Downloads

Code with Free Computer Programming Software

Computer Programming Software Free Downloads for Your ToolboxThe latest tools used to write computer programs are very capable and helpful, allowing you to concentrate on the actual code writing instead of wasting time trying figure out how to use them. If you enjoy computer programming as a career or hobby you have probably played with several tools over the years, some may be listed here, some of the tools listed here you may not have come across. If you are new to programming then maybe you are looking for software to get started, those listed here are worth a look. The number of tools available runs into the hundreds, if not thousands, especially if you include the various types of tools used. The computer programming software listed here are some of the tools found to be useful to design and develop systems and software. This list is mainly for computers running Microsoft Windows because that is the most common business operating system, though some of the tools will also work on MAC or GNU/Linux systems.

Software Design and Documentation

Computer Programming Software Free Downloads ToolsUnless you are writing critical software (usually for medical, military or large banking operations) spending a lot of time in detailed design is a wasted effort. As a software developer your time is best spend cutting code and shipping the results. That is not to say no thought needs to be given to design. You still need to know what the software needs to do so ask all the questions needed to get a good view of what is required. Note the major functionality that must be covered and produce a high level overview and block diagram. Standard office software is fine for capturing requirements and initial designs. Spreadsheets are good for making rough screen layouts. (Spreadsheets are also good for checking the output of some types of algorithms.) The designs will not be set in stone but change as the program develops, problems are encountered and overcome, and feedback from users is taken on board. Concentrate on getting the most important functionality covered first and additional functionality in later releases.

Integrated Development Environments

Long gone are the days of simple text editors and command line compilers. For maximum productivity an Integrated Development Enviroment (IDE) is need. This allows you to edit code, organise a project, bring up online help and local documentation, compile, run and debug all from one location. There are plenty of choices, here’s a few:

Java

C#

C

XML

Occasionally we need to work on older source code projects and find ourselves digging out Visual Basic 6 to help some clients out!

Smartphone, Tablet and Mobile Device Programming

He is a list of development environments for App (mobile) development.

Java Based

HTML5 Based

BASIC Based

C# Based

Also consider Corona from $588 per year which is based on Lua, free for small App development. See the article List of IDEs for Android App Development for more.

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Program Assets, Code Shipping and Management

Most of the time spent on a software project is cutting code and then testing it. Some programs will require additional assets, most commonly images in some form to illustrate actions, provide icons or guide users. Other programs will require additional assets such as sounds or videos. The Internet has plenty of assets available.

Free Fonts

Free Assets

Of course there will be times when you need to change an asset grabbed from the interweb and there are tools available for that.

Media Creation and Editing

Once the software has been written and tested you will need to wrap it in an installer to ease distribution.

Installers for Windows

Now put together a web site for your users to find information on your new programme.

Website Content Management System

Finally do the house keeping on the code so you do not lose any of the hard work done.

Other Utilities

Don’t forget to keep back ups of your work safely tucked away somewhere.

Making Money from the Software You Have Written

See our post App Monetization List of Marketplaces, Advertisers and Others.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the thousands of software developers all around the world who have made free computer programming software available for all to use for the greater good.

The toolbox image on this page is in the public domain by OpenClipArt user rg1024.

The hammer and spanner image on this page is in the public domain by OpenClipArt user Andy.

See Also

Programming Languauges on IT Hare –  http://ithare.com/category/programming-languages/

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