Before I start, let me just state I do not develop or sell, nor am I affiliated with any company that develops or sells, Integrated Development Environments.
I just have to ask this question.
I have seen (and just browsed through) so many topics on “What’s the best IDE. I need it to do X, Y, Z, and even Q, but it has to be free!”
Seems like everyone and their grandmother want an IDE that can do everything for them, but they don’t want to pay for it.
I’ve tried pretty much every free IDE out there. Some of them are quite impressive on their feature list, but can be slow and inconsistent. Some of them make themselves useful by the large number of “user plug-ins” available that have been written by users, some of which are very buggy from some of those users. Then, there are others that offer the free IDE, only to pull the bait-and-switch to get you to purchase plug-ins to get it to do everything you need. (That type of tactic in a company sickens me, and I won’t support it. If you’re going to charge, charge up front, and provide a complete product.)
So I’d like some of you to tell me exactly why you need it to be free.