The moths of programming are ideas in the software engineering industry that have become pervasive due to virality rather than reality. Although they may have some truth to them, they are often inaccurate, misleading, distracting or even damaging. I call them moths because they flutter around in a programmer's mind, getting in the way of truly good practice.
This chapter covers the topic of integrated development environments. What is the real reason for them? Do they actually help? Are they just a distraction? Asked Clippy for comment, but it declined to respond. I suspect we now know where it retired to.