Download Programming - Best Software & Apps

  • Dev-C++

    beta 9.2 (4.9.9.2) 5.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Community Created Design Studio

    7
    1164 votes
    • PROS:Robust editor helps with syntax style and formatting for clean correct and easy to use code, Built in compiler allows you to build debug and test your programs before packaging for production, Interface can be daunting moderate programming skill required,
    • CONS:,
  • Android SDK

    24.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Develop mobile applications for Google's Android platform

    7
    1679 votes
    • PROS:Comprehensive development kit, Skinnable emulator
    • CONS:Can be tricky to operate for beginners
  • Notepad++

    6.8.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete source code editor and Notepad replacement

    7
    573 votes
    • PROS:Functional, Feature rich, Tabbing
    • CONS:Not very attractive!
  • MSWLogo

    6.5b

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Very simple Logo programming environment

    6
    3243 votes
    • PROS:Easy to learn and use, Very simple and straightforward interface, Lots of help material
    • CONS:Very limited usefulness
  • Visual Studio 2013

    Express Edition

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create your own applications

    6
    1478 votes
    • PROS:Easy-to-use interface, Compatible with all levels of development experience, Error checker and auto-correct included
    • CONS:Complicated for beginners to learn
  • Java Runtime Environment

    (JRE) 32bits 8.0.600.27

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Run Java applications on your PC and web browser

    6
    857 votes
    • PROS:Quick, easy installation, Integration with web browsers, Automatic updates
    • CONS:Control panel is a bit dull
  • Code::Blocks

    13.12

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Fully configurable development envrionment for C++

    6
    385 votes
    • PROS:Automatic detection of compilers, Build compilations without makefiles, Extensive number of plugins, Autofill code
    • CONS:Some plugins are poor quality
  • EMU8086 - MICROPROCESSOR EMULATOR

    4.08rt

    License
    try Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Emulate Old Processors And Use All They Have To Offer.

    7
    69 votes
    • PROS:Complete emulation, Useful for assembly programming,
    • CONS:Limited hardware emulation, Some setup required
  • Eclipse

    SDK 4.2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete environment for Java

    6
    420 votes
    • Java Development Kit

      (JDK) (32 bit) 8u66

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Everything you need to compile and run Java apps

      6
      752 votes
      • PROS:Includes demos and examples, Easy-to-use interface, Lots of available documentation online
      • CONS:Graphical environment is not included and must be downloaded separately, Beginner programmers will find it difficult to navigate
    • BlueJ

      3.0.8

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Excellent teach yourself Java environment for students

      7
      829 votes
      • PROS:Fully featured Java environment but easy to use, Clean and clear interface, Ideal for beginners and those learning Java
      • CONS:May be prone to instability
    • Game Maker

      Lite 8.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Create your own computer games

      6
      3348 votes
      • PROS:No programming experience necessary, Lots of instructions and user forums
      • CONS:Still takes some getting used to, Games limited by size
    • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008

      Express Edition SP1 9.0.30729.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Add The Visual C++ Libraries To Your PC For Free

      6
      450 votes
      • PROS:Great for people who have deleted or corrupted their current C++ libraries, Handy for engineers working with pre-2010 code,
      • CONS:There is a more modern updated version, Many modern computers already have this software,
    • DirectX

      SDK 9.18.944

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Utility library for programming with DirectX

      6
      240 votes
      • PROS:Creates DirectX compliant applications in C/C++ and C#
      • CONS:Not supported on all Windows platforms (see supported platforms)
    • Microsoft Visual C# 2008

      Express 9.021022.8

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Windows application creator for personal computers

      6
      439 votes
      • PROS:There is absolutely no charge to install Microsoft Visual C 2008, It provides the user with access to a host of automated tools and functions
      • CONS:Users will still need to have some previous coding experience, It is not as advanced as more modern software
    • Kodu

      Preview 1.1.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Game programming environment for kids

      7
      1177 votes
      • PROS:Original visual programming environment, Powerful yet easy to use editor, Includes lessons and sample games, Can also be run on an Xbox360
      • CONS:Limited selection of objects
    • Sublime Text

      Build 2181 2.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Minimalist editor for hardcore programming

      6
      56 votes
      • PROS:Minimalist interface, Handy minimap on the side, Works with many coding languages, Support for macros and plug-ins, Lots of updates, Fast
      • CONS:Code navigation could be better, No built-in code completion, Doesn't support Zen Coding
    • Java Development Kit

      (JDK) (64 bit) 8u92

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Compile and run Java apps on 64-bit systems

      6
      399 votes
      • PROS:Includes demos and examples, Easy-to-use interface, Lots of available documentation online
      • CONS:Graphical environment not included - must be downloaded separately, Beginner programmers will find it difficult to use
    • JavaExe

      3.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Launch your Java application as a Windows file (if you know how)

      9
      1917 votes
      • PROS:Really easy to use once you've read the instrutions
      • CONS:Not intuitive
    • JCreator

      Pro 4.00.028

      License
      try Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Special IDE Tool for Programmers

      7
      139 votes
      • PROS:Multiple windows can be snapped, Very easy to use, Enjoy faster speeds than ever before,
      • CONS:The programme is a bit too simplistic, The debugger is very minimal,
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