Programming Tool

What Does Programming Tool Mean?

A programming tool may be any software program or utility that aids software developers or programmers in creating, editing, debugging, maintaining and/or performing any programming or development-specific task. A programming tool is also known as a software development tool.

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Techopedia Explains Programming Tool

Programming tools were initially designed to support or complement programming languages by providing the functionality and features these languages did not have. Typically, they are standalone utilities that provide or support a particular task within any phase of the development/programming cycle. For example, a debugger is a programming tool that helps programmers identify and resolve bugs within a program’s source code. Compilers, linkers, assemblers, disassemblers, load testers, performance analysts, GUI development tools and code editors are also all forms of programming tools.

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