Let’s face it—a good text editor can provide a local environment that’s suitable for writing your Golang programs. However, the time you take writing such codes is lengthy, and in some cases, quite laborious and tedious—especially when testing and debugging your programs. So, what’s the solution to this problem?
Well, such a problem—that involves spending so much time testing and debugging Golang apps—can be eliminated by using a LiteIDE. If you’d like to write large software application using Golang—and any other programming languages—then you must install a LiteIDE. You may be wondering, “What is a LiteIDE?”
Well, a LiteIDE is a local integrated development environment is an easy-to-use, open-source and cross-platform IDE that’s precisely meant for Golang applications. This integrated development environment can help you shorten the process of testing and debugging your Golang codes.
Features of Golang’s LiteIDE
Here are some of the characteristics of this integrated development environment:
- •It has configurable build commands that can help you make your Golang code.
- •It has a Kate formatting system that’s used for auto-completion and theming of your codes.
- •It provides a configurable auto-completion system that can integrate with WordApi.
- •It provides Golang support for package browsers, class view and outline and document browsers.
- •It provides the markdown support for live preview and synchronized scrolls, custom CSS that are integrated with themes, export Markdown as either HTML or PDF.
- •It supports different platforms. You can install it on Windows OS (both 32 and 64 bits), Linux OS (both 32 and 64 bits) and Mac OS (both 32 and 64 bits).
So, how can you set up your local environment with Golang’s LiteIDE? Keep reading.
For each platform—Windows OS, Mac OS or Linux OS—you will have to do three things. First, you have to download and install it on your computer. Next, you must install your Golang compiler. Third and finally, you will set up your environment ready to begin coding.
In “How to Set up a Local Environment with Golang LiteIDE”, we review the procedures of setting up a local environment for Golang. So, let’s dive in.
#1: Configuring the LiteIDE in Mac OS
Here are the procedures for installing LiteIDE in Mac OS environments:
- •Download and install the Homebrew and Homebrew Cask on your computer. You can download the Homebrew and Homebrew Cask from this link.
- •Open your Homebrew and install the LiteIDE by typing “brew cask install liteide” commands at the command prompt.
- •Install the Golang compiler by using Homebrew. Type “brew install go” in the command prompt.
- •Set up the environment variables and install the godoc and vet to begin using your LiteIDE. Type the command “install code.google.com/p/go.tools/cmd/godoc” and “install code.google.com/p/go.tools/cmd/vet” to install godoc and vet respectively.
#2: Configuring the LiteIDE in Windows OS
Here are the steps for downloading and installing Golang’s LiteIDE on your computer:
- •Download the “.msi” file for Windows download from this link.
- •Open the file and follow the quick instructions to install the LiteIDE on your computer.
- •Set up the environment variables and install the godoc and vet to begin using your LiteIDE.
#3: Configuring the LiteIDE in Linux OS
Follow the steps below to install LiteIDE on your Linux OS computer:
- •Download the archive file and extract it into /usr/local.
- •Open the terminal and type the following commands at the command prompt: “$ git clone https://github.com/visualfc/liteide.git”.
- •If you’re using Ubuntu, type “,$ sudo apt-get update” at the command prompt. Wait for the update to complete and type “sudo apt-get install qt4-dev-tools libqt4-dev libqt4-core libqt4-gui g++” to install your LiteIDE.
- •If you’re using Fedora, type “yum update” at the terminal and wait for the update process to complete. Type “sudo yum install qt4-dev-tools libqt4-dev libqt4-core libqt4-gui g++”.
- •Launch the LiteIDE by typing “QTDIR=/usr ./build_linux.sh” at the command prompt.
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