I'm planning on entering into the software/web development field and would like to pursue either Computer Science or Computer Engineering as a major when I go to college (within the year). Before that, though, I would like to develop skills in the related fields and sub-fields. So that brings me to my question -- is elementary OS good for programming beginners? And if so, is there any links I can follow that'll tell me the best apps and ways to get started? A bit of a silly question for sure, but just wondering. Thanks!
The only thing I can't do is iOS development which I don't do often so I have an older Mac Mini that I do that on.
Good luck and ask questions if you need help!
I'd say elementary OS is as good as any other flavor of Linux for learning programming. You can install many different compilers and interpreters. Python should already be installed. I think gcc for C programming is also pre-installed.
There are many good IDEs to choose from: PyCharm, Atom, Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, or even Geany. Microsoft's Visual Studio is an industry standard IDE. Of course there is also Code, which is elementary OS's own coding environment that comes pre-installed.
Just my opinion. I'm sure others will share theirs.