Well figured I would try this blogging thing. This blog will mostly be a place to post some tips on programming from my student experience. Lets start out with some IDE's.
My school starts all CS students out with Java. At first I was just using notepad++ and compiling by command line. If you are starting out in Java, I highly recommend NetBeans. It's free, and works great for Java development as well as handling C and C++.. Another option is to use Eclipse. I personally like NetBeans, but its always good to try everything and see what works the best for you.
If you are doing anything .NET based (C#, VB.NET, Visual C++) I would recommend using Visual Studio 2010. If you are a student, sign up for a dreamspark account. You can get VS2010 for free as well as a ton of other professional level Microsoft products.
Well, that's all I really have for tonight, happy programming!