What is a development environment?
A development environment is often seen as a developer's “everything-goes” workspace. When working with a development environment it is part of a tiered structure of environments, where changes are deployed through different environments before reaching a live website. A typical environment structure includes a local, a development, a staging and a live environment, but it can include more or less environments depending on the needs and processes of those developing the website.
The purpose of a development environment is to have a place for a developer to test anything they want without worrying about it affecting any end-users or content editors working on a live website. In most cases a development environment is set up on a local machine or server, where the website’s source code is downloaded, so it is ready to be changed and modified. To help with the development process an integrated development environment (IDE) is often used.
What is an integrated development environment?
An integrated development environment is the software suite used by developers in a development environment and is designed to maximize productivity and efficiency for the developer.
The IDE often consists of a source code editor, debugger, compiler and designer, which all are accessed through a single interface. On top of that different IDEs offer features such as auto code completion and syntax highlighting to speed up the development process. Combining all of these tools in one software application enables the developer to complete multiple different tasks in one interface, while identifying and minimizing coding mistakes and typos on the fly.
An integrated development environment must be compatible with the programming language that is used for the application or website being produced. An example of an IDE is Microsoft Visual Studio, which uses Microsoft software development platforms and is the recommended choice for an ASP.NET platform like Umbraco.
An example of an "everything-goes" environment in Umbraco Cloud.
Umbraco Cloud and development environments
In Umbraco Cloud you can work with multiple environments and take advantage of our built in deployment tool, Umbraco Deploy, that makes deployment easy and fast.
If you want to get more efficient when developing Umbraco sites we even offer training specifically for this purpose with our MVC and Visual Studio courses. If you want to know more about how to deploy between environments you can watch the short tutorial video below or read the documentation on deployment.