Command line programming or an IDE?

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Command line programming or an IDE?

An article written by Bradley S. O’Hearne [1] titled “10 Reasons to Dump Your Java IDE” gave reasons for programmers to switch from using their IDEs to command-line based programming. This raised the issue of whether an IDE has better usability than commandline based programming? The aim of this project is to try and answer this question.
The project has achieved its aims using techniques from a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) background, to develop usability tests that have been carried out on both programming methods. Although the findings indicated that an IDE is slightly more usable than commandline based programming. The findings cannot conclusively say that one method is truly better than the other.